Sharks shaping up as wooden spooners
THE Mossman Port Douglas Sharks are likely to get spanked with the wooden spoon following their loss to fellow strugglers Ivanhoes at the Mossman Showgrounds on Friday night.
The Sharks entered the match three points clear of Ivanhoes but the 28-18 defeat and a remaining bye for the victors means the Sharks will have to beat either Innisfail away this weekend or Suburbs at home in the last round to climb off the bottom of the ladder.
With both of those sides fighting for a spot in the finals, the Sharks will have to play well to avoid last place in the 11-team competition.
Sharks coach Bruce Turner paid tribute to Ivanhoes for the win and lamented the lack of players he had to choose from.
“We were a bit understrength but the players we had did really well and it was actually a pretty good game of footy,” he said.
“Ivanhoes have been playing really well in recent weeks and they were just too good for us on the night.”
Dave Mainwaring earned man of the match honours with Turner picking up players’ player while Mossman flyer Peter Tuccandidgee is out for the rest of the season with injury.
Turner said the Sharks were really struggling for numbers with the Under-18 side already forfeiting the game against Innisfail and the reserve grade side unlikely to field a team either.
On the bright side, the Sharkettes will pull on the boots for the A-Grade curtainraiser.