JUNIOR RUGBY LEAGUE
THE under-12 Garden World Whitsunday Brahmans put in their best performance of the year to defeat the undefeated West Tigers 20-6 in their elimination semi-final on Saturday.
Being ranked with only an outside chance of winning, coach Kevin Young told the team they need to step up or step out.
Jacko Brooks used all his enthusiasm and energy carting half a dozen Tiger defenders over the line with him to score the opening try of the match.
The forward pack comprising of Jonty Hinchen, Locky Scanlon, Patty Boddington, Trent Preece and Matty Kennedy lead from the front allowing smaller players, Sammy Young, Sammy Bernett, Dean Harris, Brody Elson and Ratu Nicholls to work their magic. Locked at 6-6 at half time inspirational runs from Dylan O'Driscoll inspired the whole team to lift again.
When Corey Reeves snatched an intercept and sprinted 50m down the field, the Tigers were left broken.
The Whitsunday side pulled ahead from their rivals to win by 14 points and showed the Mackay comp that they are a force to be reckoned with this final series.
The under-12 Brahmans play Souths this weekend which is sure to be another tough semi-final encounter.
In what was a very tough semi-final, the under-7 Pluto Brahmans were defeated 38-20 by Souths on Saturday. The local side put on a great display of courage as they were severely under-manned for the match.
With only five regular players and Ben Nosworthy stepping up from under-6s, it was always going to be a struggle.
Zayn Delany once again topped the tackle count followed closely by Joel Crook, with both players being rewarded for their efforts with tries.
Jack Dwyer had many strong hit-ups, while twins Dylan and Aiden Young made a lot of ground with evasive runs.
With this loss the under-7 Brahmans season is now over but they hope to return next year to be an even stronger force in the competition.
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