Turner threatens Sharks with spoon
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.