Brahmans win by one point
THE Whitsunday Brahmans upset A grade league heavy weights on the weekend with a thrilling one point win over Souths Sharks in Mackay.
The Brahmans went into the game with only four team runs under their belt and got off to a flying start with winger Harry Quod crossing for a four pointer following a classy backline movement from new recruits Phil Ramage, Tuki Jackson and Ivan Petelo.
This was followed not long after by a try to halfback Ramage. From there the green machine went scoreless into the break while Souths added 16 points to their total to take the score 10-16 to Souths at halftime.
The margin could’ve been larger had it not been for the game changing efforts of former English Super League Jack Briscoe who ran from the other side of the paddock to take the run away Souths winger over the side line just centimetres before the try line.
The sharks came out firing after the break scoring within four minutes to take the margin to 22-10.
The Brahmans were next to cross the chalk with Ethan Gallop scoring after secur- ing several back to back sets on Souths defensive line.
Captain Anthony Blackwood followed it up with a try of his own soon after taking the score to 20-22 in favour of Souths.
Souths hit back quickly with a try to take them to a converted lead with only 10 minutes left in the encounter. As the game ticked into the final minutes, fullback Josh Hardcastle crossed the line after a slick backline movement. The cool headed Ramage converted the try to level the scores with two mi- nutes remaining.
After the restart and a successful attacking set, the Brahmans found themselves within field goal range. Ramage set himself 25m out and hit the drop goal well enough to secure the one point needed to take the lead with seconds remaining.
The Brahmans Reserves were leading most of the first half against Souths.
Thirty minutes in they found themselves ahead 1612 but through lack of fitness were trailing going into the half time break.
The game was delayed going into the second half due to an unfortunate high tackle to Joey Hulands on the stroke of halftime which saw the second half reduced to 25 minutes.
The Brahmans were unable to get back into the match eventually losing valiantly 36-16.
It was a great first match for the reserves, which will be improved with a few more faces at training.
Man of the match went to front rower Keith McNicol.
The under-18s had a slow start to the first round match and were unable to reign back the dominant Sharks.
They staged a great fight back of in the second half but were unable to come away with the win with Souths posting a 34-18 win over the side.
Man of the match went to Harry Wecker.
This Saturday sees the Brahmans take on Norths at Les Stagg Oval with the under-18s kicking off at 3.30pm, reserve grade at 5pm and A grade at 7pm.
Locals can now sign up for the Brahmans Army Membership Package via www.whitsundaytickets.com.au.
WINNERS: Brahman’s Tuki Jackson and Souths Luke Vaccaneo. Photo Tony Martin / Daily Mercury