Brah­mans hop­ing to re­turn to form for fi­nals

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

RUGBY LEAGUE A GRADE

FI­NALS kick off for the Proser­pine Brah­mans this week­end and they will be hop­ing for a re­ver­sal in form af­ter be­ing beaten 3818 by Mackay Broth­ers on Sun­day.

Run­ning out in retro jer­seys to hon­our the 1973 Whit­sun­day team, the Brah­mans were un­able to keep pace with Broth­ers and play­ing coach An­thony Black­wood said they will need to up their game for the fi­nals.

“They came out with a great in­ten­sity and got the hop on us through a cou­ple of quick tries,” he said.

“We man­aged to close the gap to six points but fell short with our con­cen­tra­tion and ex­e­cu­tion. Full credit goes to Broth­ers, they played some good football.”

Sun­day’s loss meant the Brah­mans fin­ished in third place on the lad­der and they will face sec­ond­placed Mo­ran­bah in Mackay this Satur­day in the qual­i­fy­ing fi­nal.

A win would see the Brah­mans move just one win away from a grand fi­nal ap­pear­ance while a loss means they would face the win­ner of this week­end’s elim­i­na­tion fi­nal be­tween Broth­ers and Sa­rina.

RE­SERVES

A sec­ond half fade­out saw Mackay Broth­ers roll home to a 32-12 win over the Brah­mans re­serves at Les Stagg Oval on the week­end.

Re­serves cap­tain/coach Gavin Noo­nan was a stand­out for the home team but his team weren’t able to keep pace with Broth­ers who turned on the style in the sec­ond half.

The re­serves missed out on fi­nals this year, fin­ish­ing the year in sev­enth place with five wins and 11 losses for 2013.

UN­DER-18s

Poor goal kick­ing cost Broth­ers dearly as the young Brah­mans held on to a nar­row 18-16 win in the open­ing match on Sun­day.

The vis­i­tors outscored Proser­pine four tries to three but missed all their con­ver­sion at­tempts in the two-point loss.

Black­wood also coaches the un­der-18s and said goal kicker Kieran Lau and Sam Mc­Neill were the two best per­form­ers on the day.

Sun­day’s win was the Brah­mans 13th of the year and they re­tained sec­ond spot on the lad­der, sit­ting be­hind com­pe­ti­tion lead­ers Wests on points dif­fer­en­tial.

KEEP­ING HIS­TORY ALIVE: Michael Malay and 1973 Whit­sun­day A grade player Gerry Coo­nan pre­sented Whit­sun­day Brah­mans A grade cap­tain An­thony Black­wood with the retro jersey the team wore for their clash agains Mackay Broth­ers on Sun­day.

ON AT­TACK: Whit­sun­day Brah­mans A grade player Lona Kafoto fought his way through the Mackay Broth­ers de­fense for the Brah­mans last home game of the sea­son at Les Stagg Oval on Sun­day.

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