Brahmans get up
THE Proserpine Brahmans mid-season resurgence has continued with a 22-14 win against Brothers in Mackay. The Brahmans withstood a late surge from Brothers to hang on for a morale-boosting eight-point win.
After dominating opening proceedings the Brahmans got on the scoreboard early and turned in a fantastic first half to lead 12-0 at the break.
With the match in the balance the Brahmans were able to score the game's final try with only minutes to spare.
"It was a really good effort from the boys, they all came together really well and its great our season is starting to turn around," captain/coach Adam Wright said.
"The first half was the best footy that we have played all season. It's good to be back in the winner's circle again."
Nani Rahmat was man of the match just ahead of Rhys Kaka and Jerome Kutua, with all three players getting through a mountain of work against Brothers.
Brothers got the better of the visiting Brahmans in Saturday's reserve grade match, running home 24-10 winners in front of their home crowd.
After a great win against the Moranbah Miners last week the Brahmans headed into the game full of confidence and were only down two points at half time.
Brothers gained the ascendency in the second half as injuries left the Brahmans without any reserves left to call on for the final 20 minutes of the game.
Coach Paul Maxwell praised his side's brave effort and took plenty of positives from the loss.
"This group is working really hard and improving every week and today everyone showed great courage. If we had been in the same situation two months ago we would've lost by 60, and I'm very proud of their efforts," Maxwell said.
Josh Large, Aaron Heshion, Percy McEvoy, Joey Hualands were stand-out performers on the day along with hardworking prop Alan Goundry who was awarded man of the match.
The under-18s were the biggest winners on the day, turning in a great attacking display to record a comfortable 40-14 win over Norths.
Brothers' defence was no match for the young Brahmans team who piled on seven tries to stroll home to a 36-point victory against their more fancied opponents.
All three sides enjoy a break this weekend.
They take on Northern Suburbs at Les Stagg Oval on Saturday, June 30, starting with the under-18s at noon, reserve grade at 1pm and the main game at 3pm.