Sharks slide against Atherton but hold their head up in second half
A SERIES of costly errors early in the match cost the Mossman Port Douglas Sharks any chance of victory against an Atherton Roosters outfit desperate to win and keep their finals chances alive.
With several Sharks players under an injury cloud and key player Shaun Vidito missing from the line-up, the Sharks coughed up too much possession to mount a defence in the first half.
Despite matching the Roosters in the second half in intensity and on the scoreboard, the Sharks were humbled 50-16 in Atherton.
Coach Bruce Turner was heartened by the effort of his players in the second half and was particularly pleased with the left side combination of James Doolah and Adam Bartholomew which caused headaches for the Roosters all night.
“The damage was inflicted in the first half but the boys showed a lot of commitment in the second half,” he said.
Man of the match went to Nigel Santarossa who was tireless in defence and attack while Dave Mainwaring received the coach’s award.
In reserve grade, the Sharks had only nine players and had to call on several juniors as well as the team manager to make up the numbers.
With such a makeshift team, the Sharks were never in the match and lost 58-8.
Tristian Bowen was named man of the match with Frank Dawson earning the coach’s award.
With only three games left in the season the Sharks Under-18 side is the only team capable of reaching the finals and are just outside the top five.
The Sharks lost to Atherton 34-18 on Saturday but were in the match right up until the last 15 minutes.
A couple of costly turnovers allowed the Roosters to capitalise and score.
Tryscorers for the Sharks were Robert Oui, Karl Zammataro and Adam Demler with Oui converting one try and Jarriet Denman kicking two.
Man of the match was Adam Demler with Josh Sagiba and Ethan Hoffman also impressive.
The Sharks take on Ivanhoes at home tomorrow night, with the Under-18s kicking off at 6pm and first grade taking to the field at 9pm at the Mossman Showgrounds.
The fixture was moved from Saturday to Friday night as the Sharks have several players attending Shaun Vidito’s wedding on Saturday.
Charging hard: Under-18 tryscorer Karl Zammataro