Fairy tale year ends for under-14s
THE fairy tale under-14 Brahmans’ season has come to an end after a gripping 16-14 loss in Mackay at the weekend.
Proserpine went down to the Magpies on Saturday morning at the Mackay Junior Rugby League Fields, but left every ounce of energy on the field, inspired by passionate words from captain Anthony Taylor and coach Kevin Young.
“Ever since 2009 to 2012 we have been losing 60-0 but now we have [a] chance to win the semi-finals and even the grand final. Let’s go out there and show the Magpies who Brahmans are. Let’s go out there and win for the coach and let’s win as a team,” Anthony said pregame.
The stirring words had an instant effect, as the Brahmans led convincingly until the final three minutes.
The young bulls showed what tackling, pressure and hard running can do to any side.
From the outset, the boys showed true grit, running hard and executing their skills when it mattered.
Although the final score didn’t go their way, the efforts of the Brahmans need to be recognised. From a team that would get thrashed each and every week, to a professional unit who plays the game in the right demeanour, the development of this ground of young boys has been something to behold.
Coaches Kevin Young and Brad Penhallurick said they were proud of each player and thanked everyone involved for a memorable season.
TIED UP: Joel Hoffmann, Ben Cornish and Anthony Taylor get hold of a Magpies' player during Saturday's match.
POWERFUL: Isaiah Jarvis takes on several tacklers during Saturday's edge-of-the-seat semi-final.