Master Brahmans fall short against Mackay Magpies
A huge crowd packed Les Stagg Oval on Sponsors Day to watch an evening of entertaining rugby league on Saturday.
The afternoon kicked off with the Whitsunday Brahmans masters taking on the Magpies in perfect weather conditions for footy.
There was some bone-crushing defence as well as some innovative attack which showed the crowd these old bulls still have what it takes.
The Brahmans were ultimately outplayed by the Magpies 12-8, however the score could have been worse had it not been for the agile cover defence of Trevor Nosworthy and Billy Boyd.
A memorable mention must go to Paul "Boozer" Dray who turned back the clock with a magical show to score under the posts.
Coach Shane Knight thanked Simon Porter who travels from Mackay each week to play with the old boys and also wished Jacko Miller a speedy recovery after an elbow injury saw him leave the field prematurely.
The under-18s continue to climb the ladder, following their demolition of the hapless Magpies.
A powerful start coupled with some strong try line defence set the tone for the match.
Several tries in quick succession from the kick gave the young Brahmans a start which the Magpies simply could not recover from.
It was not until the final minutes of the match that the Magpies finally crossed the line in the 40-6 thrashing.
Brahmans' co-coach Callum Wilkinson praised the performance of man of the match Kade Breen - who led with the most hit-ups and tackles in a true captains' game.
Wilkinson also had big wraps on back rower Harry Wecker, Byron Taylor and the returning Jake Murray who each had outstanding games.
A very physical reserve grade clash saw the Brahmans narrowly go down by a converted try.
The Brahmans went toe-to-toe for the entire 80 minutes against the third placed Magpies; however some poor last pass options saw the Reggies fall just short 30-24.
Coach Hugh Middleton once again took his hat off to Ronald Pender-Webb who again played well above his weight against a much bigger Magpies' pack.
Middleton also applauded the efforts of front rower Keith McNicol - who led the forwards around the park with some bustling runs.
Once again coach Middleton was thankful for the outstanding efforts of the two under-18s players Kade Breen and Byron Taylor who stepped up to sit on the bench for the reserves after completing a full 18's game.
Man of the Match for the reserves went to Anselam "Jukebox" Tabua.
This weekends fixture is a mouth watering top of the table clash against Souths Sharks - who the A-grade Brahmans pipped at the buzzer by a single point in the round one contest.
This will be a true David and Goliath match with the Sharks fielding several Mackay Cutters players in their team on top of their already large forward pack.
There will be no love lost between the two teams as it will be the first appearance for several former Brahmans taking to the paddock in Sharks' colours.
The Brahmans are hoping for another large crowd for what will be a fantastic evening of footy.
The 18's will take to the park at 3.30pm, reserve grade at 5pm followed by A-grade at 7pm.
Masters - Magpies 12 defeated Whitsunday Brahmans 8
Under-18s - Whitsunday Brahmans 40 defeated Magpies 6
Reserves - Magpies 30 defeated Whitsunday Brahmans 24
A-grade - Whitsunday Brahmans 52 (Tries: Michael Newman 3, Phil Ramage 2, Tuki Jackson, Sam Candlin, Joshua Hardcastle and Harry Quod. Conversions: Ramage 8/9) defeated Magpies 10