Brahmans storm into finals season
THAT winning feeling returned to the Brahmans at the weekend, thumping Norths Devils in both Agrade and under-18 fixtures.
Whitsunday’s seniors consolidated third on the Auscoal Super Cup ladder with a crushing 66-6 at Jack O’Brian Oval on Saturday afternoon, led by Joshua Hardcastle’s haul of four tries.
Jack Briscoe worked hard for a hat-trick while David Kay added a brace as the Brahmans crossed for a staggering 12 tries on the day.
Prior to the game, captain-coach Anthony Blackwood asked for a “professional display”, and the boys delivered in spades.
Although he admitted the team still had “one or two things” to work on ahead of finals, Blackwood was confident Whitsunday could take it up to Sunday’s semi-final opponent in Souths.
Blackwood also thanked Norths for fielding a side in the final round despite enduring a difficult season.
Earlier in the day, the secondplaced under-18s took the points in commanding fashion against Norths (seventh) 50-10.
The Brahmans fielded one of their strongest teams of the year, bolstered by the return of big forwards Harry Wecker and Kumya Gabey.
Whitsunday started in a positive manner, boasting a high completion rate while running into a strong breeze.
The Brahmans went into the break leading 20-10, before the floodgates opened in the second forty minutes.
Whitsunday scored tries at will, proving a class above its opponents in the final round of the home-andaway season.
Co-coach Callum Wilkinson tipped his hat to the boys’ efforts, particularly in the second half when Norths was kept scoreless.
Darcy Camm and Kieran Anderson led the way for the under-18s, who will now play Brothers at Mackay Stadium at 3.30pm on Saturday as a curtain raiser for the Mackay Cutters’ match.
Turn to page 49 for a preview of Sunday’s blockbuster semi-final against Souths.
FINALS BOUND: Whitsunday Brahmans captain-coach Anthony Blackwood was pleased with the team's effort on Saturday against Norths and is confident of taking it to Souths during Sunday's semi-final in Mackay.