Brahmans off and running in 2015
IT wasn’t pretty but the Brahmans celebrated Sam Faust’s life and warmed-up for the 2015 season with a scrappy 22-4 win against Centrals Townsville on Saturday night.
Whitsunday made the early running against the visitors at Les Stagg Oval, taking an 18-0 lead into halftime to set-up a typically scratchy pre-season victory.
Sam Key, Ivan Petelo, Jhy Cockburn and Michael Newman each scored tries in the win, while Shaun Bowen was the only player to cross for Centrals.
Although the Brahmans came away from their first game of the year with the chocolates, coach Anthony Blackwood said there was plenty of work to be done before round 1.
“For probably 35 minutes of that game we were really good defensively but that one try was a soft one,” he said.
“We’ve set the benchmark very high this year but that’s not good enough. As a team we know we can’t do that.”
Blackwood said Centrals’ slow start, during which time the Brahmans piled on three tries, was simply as a result of the drive from Townsville.
After the visitors found their groove it was anything but one-way traffic.
Earlier in the day a combined under-18s and reserves game saw Whitsunday victorious 42-20.
The night as a whole was a success, with a strong crowd packing Proserpine to pay tribute to Sam Faust – a past player of both clubs.
Blackwood praised the Brahmans’ supporters and volunteers for producing an electric atmosphere on Saturday and both clubs are confident of making the Sam Faust Memorial an annual tradition.
Next week Whitsunday will be in action again, taking on Souths Sharks in another pre-season encounter.
All three grades will get their chance
FOCUSSED: David Kay muscles up ahead of a tackle.