Best and Fairest win­ner Ra­m­age re-signs

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

RUGBY LEAGUE

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.

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