Brahmans put up a fight
THEY came home hard but ultimately the Brahmans fell marginally short against Sarina on Saturday as Whitsunday slipped to seventh.
Hampered by injuries to key players, the Brahmans suffered an 8-6 loss to the undefeated Crocs at Les Stagg Oval, taking their winless stretch to four matches.
In a physical clash Sarina led 8-0 at halftime before Whitsunday stormed back into the contest.
Coach Anthony Blackwood encouraged his chargers to improve their 50 percent completion rate and the group responded, lifting their effort and intensity in the final 40 minutes.
Lock Grant Cooke crossed late in the half to reduce Sarina’s lead to just two and set up a nail-biting finish.
Whitsunday continued to pepper the Crocs’ line but to no avail.
Prop Ivan Petelo was a standout in a brutal encounter while Rohan Ahern and Alex Clare produced tireless efforts.
In other results the over-35 masters took to the field for the first time this season and knocked off their Sarina opponents 28-0.
Ned Walker produced the match’s highlight when he scooted away for a brilliant 50-metre try. Trevor Nosworthy was also in the thick of the action, adding a brace of tries.
Inspired by their A-grade idols, the under-18s produced a clinical effort to down Sarina 30-12.
During the week the team listened to senior players Anthony Blackwood, Phil Ramage and James Webb, who spoke about the importance of teamwork and helping your mates.
After the game coach Matt Court noted how the team was “finally starting to play as a team rather than individuals”, in a response to the mid-week lesson from the seniors.
Blake Faull took home the players’ player following a dominant game from the second row while Cadel Schlenner and Cameron Hurley were also lively.
The upset of the day came in the reserve’s clash, with Whitsunday upstaging Sarina 16-12.
Down 12-4 at the break, the Brahmans clicked into gear in the second half for an inspired display on the back of coach Adam Smith’s spray.
Matt Lade led the way on the defensive end, setting the tone as Whitsunday kept the Crocs scoreless.
Timmy Miller capped his man of the match performance with a stunning 90metre solo try while James Coutts was also busy.
This weekend the A-grade and reserve Brahmans will play Norths at Les Stagg Oval.
CLOSE CALL: Brahmans’ halfback Phil Ramage taunts Sarina.