Brah­mans to bat­tle it out in round robin

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

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.

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