Dominic Brambani has been a thorn in the Halifax side for many a season.
It is eleven years now since he enjoyed a season at the Shay and the Bank Holiday Monday visit of Oldham brings to mind probably his best game (in terms of points scored anyway)for Fax.
That came on a wet Wednesday night, March 8th 2006, when the Roughyeds turned up for a Northern Rail Cup group match.
Oldham were relegated at the end of that campaign – despite the services of notables like Paul Ashton, Matty Bottom, Ged and Wayne Corcoran, Craig Dean, Alan Hadcroft, Ken Kerr and Chris Maye at various times – and apart from one cuptie we didn’t see them here again until last year.
The Halifax team which won 66-8 that night in front of a sparse crowd of 897 was Brad Attwood, James Haley, Andy Kirk, Anthony Blackwood, Lee St Hilaire, Joel Penny, Brambani, Jason Boults, Simoen Hoyle, Andy Hobson, Dave Larder, Joe Hirst and Damian Ball. The substitutes were Dayne Neirinckx, Chris Birchall, Jonny Simpson and Adam Hayes.
Despite playing superbly in this one Brambani didn’t really consolidate a regular place in Anthony Farrell’s starting line-up, struggling to get in front of Joel Penny and Dean Lawford. Penny was a much heralded arrival from Whitehaven to replace Ben Black and Lawford had been a colleague of Faz’s at Leeds and Widnes so he knew what he was getting from him.
And when Martin Hall replaced Farrell he signed Ian Watson and Radney Bowker to play at halfback.
There is one strange fact though. Despite Brambani scoring 26 points from a try and eleven goals from as many attempts he wasn’t selected as the man of the match! That honour went to Hoyle...