Brah­mans win 2 out of 4 against Crocs

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

RUGBY LEAGUE

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.

MASTERS

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.

RE­SERVES

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.

A GRADE

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.

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