Brahmans hero bows out with dream win
IT WAS a fitting send-off for brave Brahmans boss Phil Ramage.
The popular player-coach ended his career with a stunning 31-6 win over Wests Tigers in the 2017 Mackay and District Rugby League 2017 premiership grand final at the weekend.
The humble hero said the dream result was testament to the community support of a club he referred to as "battlers”.
With no leagues club, poker machine or restaurant takings to support the club, the Brahmans succeeded on hard work and donations.
"It is a lot more deserving (for us to win the) premiership (as)... we are a small country club,” he said.
"We are a tight-knit family club. Our Saturday night home games are the best to play. We get the best supporters and the old boys at the bar high-five you when you run out.
"And there is a real good feeling when you come off that field with a win.”
Ramage plans to leave the Whitsundays to take on a mortgage and settle down in his home town of the Gold Coast.
A massive green army made the trip south to Mackay to see the Brahmans try to redeem themselves after going down in last year's grand final.
They weren't disappointed by a side fired up to send their captain off in style.
Ramage was guiding his team with his boot and bombed to try and break down the Wests defensive line that was working hard most of the first half.
He was targeted by the opposition and after a bomb with 15 minutes to go in the first half he was floored in a two-man tackle after the kick. There was no penalty but the Brahmans general was slow to get up.
But the Brahmans kept the peddle down testing the Wests defensive line.
The two Brahmans tries in the second half came from second phase play when a player broke the line, but the Tigers were too tired to get back to defend their line and a quick play the ball had Whitsunday in again.
Ramage said after the game that the Brahmans prided themselves on their fitness and in the second half it showed.