Best and Fairest winner Ramage re-signs
THE Whitsunday Brahmans have announced a huge coup for next season’s campaign, re-signing star halfback and Best and Fairest winner Phil Ramage.
The Brahman penned a new deal with the club on Monday, much to the delight of this year’s third ranked team.
Known affectionately as “The Frenchman” at Les Stagg Oval for his six-year stint with France’s Limoux Grizzlies, Ramage also played with the Burleigh Bears and proved exceptionally reliable with his laser-like left foot.
Ramage said it was an easy choice to stay in the Whitsundays, after wearing his jumper only a handful of times during winter.
“The lifestyle up here is second to none,” he said.
“You don’t get that anywhere else in the world through winter.” Ramage, an electrician with Paul Maxwell Electrical, said he was pleased with his 2014 season which saw him crowned the club’s Best and Fairest player.
“I was happy with myself but not as happy as I would’ve been had we won it all,” he said.
“We were touch and go this year. Souths won it and we beat them three times...we’re definitely there abouts, but we need to focus on every game...we’ll be there again and close to the top next year.”
The highlight of the half-back’s season was sinking eventual premiers Sharks not once but twice with lastgasp kicks, including a thrilling semi-final victory.
“It’s good to win a game off your own boot,” he said.
“It’s a personal achievement as well as a team success.”
Ramage said the club was heading in the right direction and backed the Brahmans for success in 2015.
“We need a couple more in the front row,” he said.
“We’ve got every other position covered. A couple more props and if we boost that position we should be going there abouts again.”
RE-SIGNED: Whitsunday Brahman Phil Ramage, left, re-signed with the club earlier this week. Here he is pictured at the club's presentation night accepting the Best and Fairest award from coach Anthony Blackwood.