Fairy tale year ends for un­der-14s

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

RUGBY LEAGUE

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.

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