Trial match puts new recruits to the test
THE Proserpine Whitsunday Brahmans held their first home game trial clash at Les Stagg Oval on Saturday.
The Brahmans welcomed the tough trial match with the Mackay Magpies, who finished their 2013 season in a three-way tie for fourth place with Serena Crocodiles and Mackay Brothers.
The under-18s were the first to hit the field against the Magpies, playing a closely contested match over four 20 minute halves.
The Magpies proved they had more fuel in the tank and claimed the victory within the last 10 minutes to leave the final score 26-24.
Under-18s co-coach Billy Boyd said he was proud of the boys but believed they could have come away with the win.
“Most of the players were recruited from Thursday’s training session so it was the first time they have really played together as a team,” he said.
“The boys dropped a lot of ball which was disappointing but that’s what we will be focusing on at training.”
Boyd said the team had four key players missing on Saturday as they had been selected for the Cutters under-18s competition.
“It will be a great morale boost for the side when we get them back on the field in May,” he said.
The Brahmans under-18s are still looking for players and those interested are encouraged to attend training at Les Stagg Oval every Tuesday and Friday.
The Brahmans A grade and reserves sides played an entertaining round robin hit out with Mackay Magpies on Saturday night.
In the first match, both clubs reserve grades took to the field, with the highly anticipated clash of A grade following 20 minutes later.
Both sides then created a mixed A grade/reserves side for the final two bouts on the night which delighted supporters watching on from the grandstands.
A grade coach Anthony Blackwood said the match was a good test to see where the team was at.
“It was our first hit out together as a full team and I’m very happy with how the boys played defensively throughout the game,” he said.
Within the first 10 minutes of the first trial match, the Brahmans lost New Zealand second rower Tuki Jackson for a repeat infringement but this didn’t deter the side from maintaining a strong defensive line.
Blackwood said the trial clash was a good opportunity to see the new players perform, but admitted the team still had a lot of work to do.
Some of the new recruits to join the Brahmans in their 2014 season are under-18s cocoach Callum Wilkinson, and New Zealand rugby league stars Ivan Phenehe and Tuki Jackson, Englishman Jack Briskow, Bruce Laguna, Phil Ramage, Ethan Gallop and Sam Condlin.
NEW RECRUITS: Proserpine Whitsunday Brahmans A grade coach Anthony Blackwood with new recruits Callum Wilkinson, Ivan Penehe, Tuki Jackson, Jack Briskow, Bruce Laguna, (front) Phil Ramage, Ethan Gallop and Sam Condlin before their clash with the Mackay Magpies at Les Stagg Oval on Saturday night.
BULLDOZER: Brahmans under-18s player Kumya Gabey was wrapped up by the Mackay Magpies defense during their trial clash at Les Stagg oval on Saturday.