Brahmans hoping to return to form for finals
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.
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.
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.