Turner threat­ens Sharks with spoon

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

MOSS­MAN Port Dou­glas Sharks coach Bruce Turner is hop­ing the threat of the wooden spoon is enough to lift his side to vic­tory against Sub­urbs in the fi­nal game of the sea­son on Satur­day night.

The Sharks have some­thing to play for in front of their home crowd as they are only one point be­hind Ivan­hoes while Sub­urbs lost their op­por­tu­nity to sneak into the top five with a draw against Ed­mon­ton last week.

The Sharks had to for­feit both the Un­der-18 and re­serve grade fix­tures against In­n­is­fail last week­end as a host of play­ers pulled out to go to the Mt Car­bine rodeo and a con­cert in Cairns.

But those who did show up for the Sharks put in a solid per­for­mance against one of the form teams of the com­pe­ti­tion de­spite the lop­sided 54-10 score­line.

The Sharks were in front 6-0 mid­way through the first half but fell away as play­maker Adam Bart­hole­mew and cap­tain Turner suc­cumbed to in­jury.

“They did well to keep the score to that level - there’s some big boys in that In­n­is­fail side and we were def­i­nitely lack­ing in size,” Turner said.

“Leroy Win­kle had a good game for us in his first grade de­but off the bench and fill­ing in in the front row. “We had a go but fell away. “Hope­fully we can fin­ish the sea­son on a high with a win on Satur­day night in front of our home crowd and avoid the wooden spoon.”

The in­di­ca­tions are the Sharks will be able to field strong teams in all three grades with a good turnout for train­ing on Tues­day night.

The Un­der-18s kick off at 4pm at the Moss­man Show­grounds on Satur­day with first grade tak­ing to the field at 7pm.

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