Sharks shap­ing up as wooden spoon­ers

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

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