Brah­mans work­ing hard in pre-sea­son

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

RUGBY LEAGUE

WITH only a few weeks be­fore the start of the 2014 Mackay rugby league sea­son the Whit­sun­day Brah­mans were put through their paces at their an­nual Mount Whit­sun­day run on Satur­day.

The club started their pre­sea­son train­ing back on Jan­uary 8 and had a good turn-up of play­ers for the gru­elling run on Satur­day morn­ing.

Luke Henry was the win­ner in a time of 8 min­utes and 16 sec­onds, ahead of Bruce Lauaga in 8.37.

The only fe­male com­peti­tor Ashlee Rowe fin­ished in third in an im­pres­sive time of 9.04 and Whit­sun­day Raiders player Martin Roveda rounded out the top four with 9.56.

Af­ter the run the team held a func­tion at the Reef Gate­way Ho­tel which coach Anthony Black­wood said was a great way for the new play­ers in the team to meet each other.

“There are a lot of new faces at the club and we have a lot of hard work to do be­fore the sea­son starts,” he said.

“We lost some key play­ers in the off-sea­son but have also added three new English play­ers - Jack Briscoe, Sam Camdlin and Cal­lum Wilkin­son - who will be great for our team this year.”

The club also wel­comed tal­ented New Zealand play­ers Tuki Jack­son and Ivan Penehe to the team for 2014 and the club is de­ter­mined to fea­ture in fi­nals foot­ball this year.

The Brah­mans will play a 10s tour­na­ment in Bowen in two weeks and will then host the Mag­pies at Les Stagg Oval for a pre-sea­son hit-out be­fore kick­ing off their sea­son on March 22.

TEAM BOND­ING: The Whit­sun­day Brah­mans had a func­tion at the Reef Gate­way Ho­tel on Satur­day af­ter the team's gru­el­ing race up Mount Whit­sun­day ear­lier in the morn­ing. Back row: Anthony Black­wood (coach/cap­tain), Jack Briscoe, Matt Lade, Ju­lian Stevens, Ivan Penehe, Sam Camdlim, Cal­lum Wilkin­son, Tuki Jack­son, Jake Muller, Adam Smith. Front row: Michael New­man, Ethan Gal­lop, Harry Quod, Mitchell Allen, Dane Var­danega.

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