U17s charge at premiership

By James Perkins

THE Whitsunday Brahmans under 17's have reached the grand final and after losing only one game in the home and away season it came down to a tough encounter against Moranbah to seal their deserved place against Souths. The scene is set for a massive grand final, the teams met twice in the home and away season and won one each. According to Brahmans representative, Ben Fraser, the 17's came out firing early against Moranbah and played a great first half, leading 16-4 at the break, but a lack of respect for their opponents almost led to a Moranbah upset victory. "Costly errors and lack of respect for the ball allowed the Miners to come back in the second half...Coach Eddie Muller's antics on the sideline were worth the entry fee alone," he said. Muller obviously wasn't too happy with the second half performance. "After the break they thought all they needed to do was trundle out, make a few tackles and the game was theirs...You can't afford to do that in semi-final football, you're playing for your season, and you're not able to coast to victory," Muller said.

The game was locked at 28 all at full time, but the Brahmans pulled it together in extra time and scored two more tries to win the game 38-28. Muller was impressed with a few players including forward Grant Cooke (37 tackles) and fullback Chris McEwen (15 tackles 10 hit ups). "Darcy Wright had a great game with 26 tackles and 15 hitups, then he scored one of the tries in extra time... he is only 15 years old," he said.

Whitsunday have struggled with injury over the last few weeks and the good news for Muller is that all his players will be back on deck for the most important game of the season. "The boys should go alright, if we get the full squad back and each player takes the right options at the right times we will go well... you don't get any second chances in finals football."

"Souths are at a disadvantage, they have only played one game in three months, I am confident we are in with a really good scrape."


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