Sharks are spanked with wooden spoon

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

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