Junior Brahmans battle with state's best
THE Proserpine Brahmans under-11 team travelled to Townsville over the weekend to compete in the annual Laurie Spina Shield.
Named after the North Queensland Cowboys' inaugural captain, the tournament features teams from all across regional Queensland.
The boys played their first game in cold and wet conditions against the Redlynch Razorbacks from Cairns with both sides struggling to hold onto the ball in the early stages.
Hone Bloomer evened the scores with a strong try before Byron Muller crossed to put the Brahmans into the lead but the Razorbacks managed to salvage a 2-2 draw in the final minutes of the game.
Their next opponent was the Gracemere Cubs and with a bit of sun and a dry pitch the Brahmans pulled away from their opposition piling on six unanswered tries to run home comfortable winners.
After the big win over Gracemere, the Brahmans were confident going into their game against United Suburbs Red Backs but the Red Backs were able to play to the conditions a lot better and took a six tries to two win.
In the final game of the first day the Brahmans played eventual tournament victors Innisfail Brothers and despite stand-out efforts from Aiden Taha, Howard McDonald and Vishaal Sologar they went down six tries to two.
The final day of the competition saw the Brahmans draw with the Springsure Mountain Men before going down in their last game to the Bowen Seagull six tries to four.
Billy O'Loughlin and Jack Dray impressed against Springsure and Trent DeBoni, Max Nosworthy and Jayden Lane were all outstanding against Bowen.
The standard of rugby league that was played over the weekend was at the highest level and the Proserpine side played with passion and a high level of sportsmanship, finishing with one win, two draws and three losses.
The Brahmans player of the tournament went to Vishaal Sologar for his strong efforts in both attack and defence across the six games.