Sharks slide against Ather­ton but hold their head up in sec­ond half

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Charg­ing hard: Un­der-18 tryscorer Karl Zam­mataro

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