QLD nod for two Brah­mans

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

From Proser­pine to the North Queens­land Mar­lins, two Whit­sun­day Brah­mans have been picked in the Queens­land Rangers team.

Phil Ramage and Grant Cooke were se­lected in the 18man squad to play the Ron Massey Cup against New South Wales in Coffs Har­bour on July 18.

“I’m very proud and hon­oured to wear the Queens­land jer­sey again,” Ramage said.

Not only will the two Brah­mans wear the Ma­roon colours next month, they also helped the North Queens­land Mar­lins to the Queens­land Rugby League A-Di­vi­sional ti­tle over the week­end.

The team played South East and South Queens­land on the Gold Coast on Satur­day and Sun­day, win­ning 3210 and 36-18.

“In the first half on Satur­day our for­wards re­ally dom­i­nated their for­wards... which made our (the backs) job a lot eas­ier,” Ramage ex­plained.

“The game opened up in the back end of the first and sec­ond halves.” Ar­guably the high­light of the week­end came on Sun­day, when Cooke, not known for his speed, pro­duced a stunning 80m in­ter- cept try. “I didn’t know he could run that quick. He got the in­ter­cept and I thought ‘I bet­ter start run­ning cause he’ll get caught’,” Ramage said.

Over­all, Ramage praised Cooke’s car­ni­val and said he was a more than de­serv­ing se­lec­tion in the state team.

“He was se­lected in the run-on (for Queens­land) but started from the bench (for North Queens­land),” Ramage said. “When he came on in the sec­ond game on Sun­day our full­back had popped his shoul­der, so Cooke came on at cen­tre. His one-on-one de­fence is the best I’ve ever seen. I rate his de­fence highly and I’m glad I’m play­ing with him and not against him. He’s got per­fect tech­nique.”

In other news, this week­end the Brah­mans will cel­e­brate spon­sors’ day at Les Stagg Oval.

Whit­sun­day will host Broth­ers hop­ing to make amends for a sur­prise drawn game last time they faced the com­pe­ti­tion’s sixth ranked team.

Whit­sun­day was ex­pected to win the round three clash but the team was forced to share the spoils with a spir­ited Broth­ers.

The Brah­mans are fifth on the Aus­coal Su­per A-grade lad­der hav­ing drawn three, won three and lost three games so far this sea­son.

REP SE­LEC­TION: Grant Cooke and Phil Ramage in their North Queens­land Mar­lins' kit. Both play­ers were picked for the Queens­land Rangers' team.

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