Brahmans to battle it out in round robin
RUGBY LEAGUE: This weekend the Whitsunday Brahmans will host three teams for a series of pre-season trial matches.
This will be the boys’ final chance at match experience before the 2016 season starts in earnest.
The under 18s will be looking to impress new coach Justin Follett in their first trial for the year when they take on Magpies at 1.30pm.
Following the U18s, the reserve grade will tackle a series of round robin-style clashes from 3.30pm.
The matches will see the Whitsunday Brahmans, Souths Sharks (Mackay) and Brothers (Townsville) duke it out.
The same format will go for the A grade clashes beginning at 6pm.
Each team will play each other for a 40-minute period with a 10-minute break in between.
The A-grade and reservegrade matches are set to be a mouth-watering spectacular with reigning Mackay and District Rugby League Premiers Whitsunday Brahmans taking on Souths Sharks, who have set the benchmark in the Mackay competition during the past decade.
The boys will take on Townsville Brothers as well, who, similar to the Sharks, set the standard in the Townsville and District Rugby League Competition.
There will be some exciting young talent on show Saturday night including former Proserpine junior Brenn Foster
This young up-and-coming player will take to the paddock in the halves for the Brothers A-grade side.
Jared Maguire is another young talent who will line up at fullback for Souths.
Maguire will be keen to make the step up to A grade after plying his trade in the Sharks U18s.
Whitsunday Brahmans will have a couple of new faces in their A-grade premiershipwinning side.
These recruits will be out to impress in their first hit-out at the fortress which is Les Stagg Oval.
X-factor Byron Taylor, who is likely to play a utility role in the A grade, is sure to cause havoc around the ruck.with his quick footwork and lightning speed.
Speaking of speed, keep an eye out for winger and Bowen boy Jhun Cortez.
If this young man has a clear run, no-one will be able to catch him.
The ladies in the canteen will be cooking up a storm for hungry spectators.
But if you prefer to have a cold one, the bar will be the perfect spot to settle in for a great evening of rugby league with some top play expected from both sides of the Les Stagg pitch.