by Peter Carruthers
THE Norths Devils could only manage 28 minutes against the Brahmans in Mackay before raising the white flag in surrender.
Starting the A-Grade clash with only 11 players, Norths were always going to struggle against a team surging toward a semi-final berth.
Team manager of the Brahmans, Bryce Fraser, said before the end of the second half management called the game off and the players left the field.
"I have seen it happen once before and I am pretty sure it was against Norths as well,” he said.
"They just didn't have enough players.”
Though not challenged at Saturday's game, Fraser said the team did take some positives from the match.
Some young Under-19s players got an A-Grade run, including Brody Elson who made his debut.
"He had a good 15 minutes on the field before they called the game off,” he said.
"He certainly handled the step-up and didn't shrug the step-up to the bigger boys and the much quicker game.”
Matt Kennedy and Blake Fall also stepped up from the U19s as the team had no opposition in Norths.
The Reserve Grade Brahmans also came away with a convincing victory over the Norths Devils.
At half-time the score was 26-4 and by full time the scoreboard read 40-10.
"Norths Reserve Grade are not a team to write off. They have had some big wins in the last few weeks against some good teams,” Fraser said.
The Brahmans have a big game next week against top-of-the-table team Wests.
Last time the two teams met Wests came away with the win at their home ground.
Fraser said the A-Grade side will have that defeat in their minds when they run out at Les Stagg oval next Saturday night.
"We don't want to lose to them twice in a season. They are coming to our home turf and we want to show them (our best game) and make amends” for the loss.
The A-Grade Brahmas side is beginning its peak at the right end of the season and next week will be looking to consolidate on their good form by claiming a win against Wests.