Sharks are spanked with wooden spoon
THE Mossman Port Douglas Sharks collected the wooden spoon with a 28-20 loss to Southern Suburbs on Saturday night.
Outgoing captain-coach Bruce Turner was proud of the commitment of his players but lamented a season of lost opportunities.
“I don’t think we deserved the wooden spoon at the start of the season, we were very unlucky in a few games and could’ve been challenging for a place in the finals after the first round,” he said. “But in the second round blokes weren’t turning up every week and we even had to forfeit some games in the lower grades, so without that depth we were always going to struggle.”
Turner, who is moving back to Western Australia next month for work, said he had enjoyed his season back at the Sharks and appreciated the efforts of a handful of players.
“Caleb Hall played every game, Nigel Santarossa, Adam Bartholemew, Dave Mainwaring and Harry Cobb were also there just about every week on game day and at training.
“I’d really like to thank everyone who helped me out each week though and wish the Sharks all the best next season.”
The Sharks reserve grade side pulled together for one last game under Coach Bronson Ryan.
They gave it all and came out winners by a narrow margin 16 - 14 for a great way to finish the season. All the players put in a big effort for the whole 70 minutes with tries scored by Greg Creek, Darryl Lightning and Aaron Port and one conversion each by Aaron Port and Darryl Lightning.
In the Under 18s, the Sharks started off well with a full team showing up and they finished their season on a winning note with a 34-12 win over Suburbs.
Their defence off the line was fantastic but the attack was highlighted by some well-timed passes picking up runners on both sides of the ruck. Man of the match Les Stalker ran the ball up all game with his hit-ups setting the platform for some good tries.
Coach Peter “Pablo” Fordham was impressed but disappointed knowing that if his side played this well in a few more games they would be in the finals.
The Sharks will be holding a community meeting in the next few weeks to gauge interest from players and the community regarding the future of the Seniors Club as directed by the CDRL on a date to be announced. All registered players and 2010 members and volunteers are encouraged to attend to show their support for the club.
Two Mossman Port Douglas Tree Loppers Sharks players have been named as finalists in the Player of the Year - Bill Quaid in the Top Ten in A Grade and Jarriet Denman in Top Four in Under 18s.
The winners will be announced at the CDRL Gold Medal Dinner on Friday September 17th.
Sharks Presentation night will be held on Friday, September 3 at the Clubhouse commencing at 6.30pm. There will be a hot buffet dinner, discounted drinks, music and a lucky door prize. Limited Tickets are available for $10 by phoning Helen Steley on 0419 320064 or at the door.