by Dane Lillingstone
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Whitsunday Brahmans Under-19s are looking every bit like premiership contenders this year.
With the introduction of the under-19s into the Mackay and District Rugby League competition in 2017, the young Brahmans have continued to impress and currently sit alone at the top of the ladder with seven wins and only a single loss.
Now, more than half-way through the season, coach Josh Korn is quietly confident they can make a serious run for the title.
"They always seem to show up on the day," he said of his team.
"There's some good young talent coming up at the moment and a lot of them have played together for a few years."
Despite often playing every second week due to the number of teams, Korn said they've continued to get the job done.
"It's been hard to get momentum but obviously from the position we are now being in the top two, I don't think there's any reason we can't finish the season as minor premiers.
"Mathematically if we win one or two more games I think we've sealed it," he said.
With the scrapping of the Brahman's under-17s and the extension of the age group this year, there has been plenty of Whitsunday talent to choose from and as far their premiership credentials go, Korn thinks they have the ability to go all the way.
"Sam Gannon does our fitness and he's had a lot to do with them getting fit and disciplined," he said.
In his second year as a coach with the Brahmans, the former Reserves coach said it was a couple of props that had been leading the way for them this season.
"Matt Kennedy and Brody Elson did the whole pre-season.
"From what I saw last year, they've come along in leaps and bounds.
"They lay a good platform," Korn said.
"Then we've got our halfback Liam Murphy who's matured a lot since last year."
Next up is a top of the table clash against Wests Tigers at Les Stagg Oval on July 8 which, should they win, will likely see them raise the minor premiership.