Brahmans win 2 out of 4 against Crocs
THE Whitsunday Brahmans travelled to Sarina on Sunday to take on the Crocodiles in what is always a tough road trip.
The under 18's Brahmans started the day by demolishing Sarina 46-16, giving them their first win for the year and kick-starting their momentum going in against Wests this weekend.
Co-coach Callum Wilkinson was pleased with his team's effort and applauded Tyson Collingwood for his consistant hard work in the forward pack.
He also tipped his cap to half Tyler Boyd who took great control of the game.
Again, Blake Sylvester was strong up front leading the pack.
Man of the match went to David Kay.
There were some sore bodies after the Whitsunday Brahmans over-35 masters team took to the paddock in what was a very exciting match, winning the game 12-4.
Many players turned back the clock with some stunning, and some not so stunning, displays of rugby league.
Some youthful runaway tries were scored by Billy Boyd, Simon Porter and Darrell Wallace not to mention Paul ‘Boozer’ Dray’s effort when he was passed the ball in space, looked up and noticed he still had 40m to run.
Needless to say, he dropped the ball out of shock.
Coach Shane Knight noted there was some brutal bone crushing defence from the likes of Matt Goldman, Ben Moran and Jason O'Laughlin.
The reserve grade fielded a strong team and were dominant early against the Crocodiles, however the result was the Crocodiles taking out the match 36-16.
Forwards Brenton Mansfield and Alex Richards led the way with strong defence and good metres in attack.
Hooker James Coutts showed why he earned his call up to A grade teaming up with man of the match Brent Murphy to guide the reserves around the park.
Coach Hugh Middleton believes fitness was a factor in a sometimes poor defensive effort which led to the Crocodiles taking out the match.
Coach Middleton applauded the efforts of centre Rhys Breen and full back Ronald Pender-Webb who were very close contenders for man of the match.
The Whitsunday Brahmans A grade were slow out of the blocks after only having limited match practice due to last weeks wet weather which took all the momentum away from their win against Souths two weeks ago.
Sarina, who have previously played three Sunday afternoon matches, got off to a healthy lead taking the score to 14 before the Brahmans registered their first points.
A poor completion rate saw the Brahmans heading into the sheds at half time behind 20-12.
The Crocodiles continued to increase their lead just a minute after the break when a handling error by the Brahmans led to a Sarina 4 pointer. Sarina continued to pile on the points, however the Brahmans always fought back to stay within reach of the lead at all times.
Unfortunately due to several incidents on and off the field the match was abandoned before the Brahmans had a chance to regain the lead after 67 minutes.
Coach Anthony Blackwood was disappointed with how they performed after the round 1 game and agreed that the week off and being unable to train on the field due to the grounds being flooded was a big blow.
Blackwood went on to mention the Brahmans were “outenthused and out-muscled and was a big wake up call” ahead of this weeks clash against Wests who have only won 1 of their first three matches.
The final score was Crocodiles 40 to Brahmans 24 with tries going to Josh Hardcastle, Sam Candlin, Doug Davy and Tuki Jackson and conversions to Phil Ramage 4/4.
Coach Blackwood had high praise for lock Dane Vardanega who took out the player’s player after a strong game de- fensively and in attack.
The Brahmans look forward to a home game this Sunday against Wests Tigers.
This is a family fun day with jumping castles for the kids and the Brahmans mascot “Justice” the bull.
It will be free entry for children and there is sure to be plenty of entertainment on and off the field.
The under 18’s will kick off at 11:30am with reserve grade taking the field at 1pm followed by the main A grade game at 3pm.
MASTERS OVER-35'S: Coach Shane Knight with Whitsunday Masters Brahmans players Ben Moran, Ryan Kenny, Darryl Wallace, Andrew 'Horse' Colborne, Neil Sempf, Jim Kelly, Jason O'Laughlin, Nigel Dray, Billy Boyd, (front) Billy 'Whiptail' Lade, Simon Porter, Shane Mau, Matt Goldman, Paul 'Boozer' Dray, Jacko Miller and Ashley Sheehy after their 12-4 victory on the weekend.