Raiders host sevens comp

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - RICHARD KOSER

THE Port Dou­glas Reef Raiders are pretty keen to get into the 2011 rugby sea­son.

So keen, in fact, they’ve or­gan­ised the pre-sea­son seven-a-side competition them­selves.

“We were ex­pect­ing Cairns to sort out a pre-sea­son comp but it didn’t seem to be hap­pen­ing,” Raiders vice-pres­i­dent Adam Cal­craft said.

“So we rang around and in­vited ev­ery­one to come to Port this week­end for a round-robin competition.

“We’ve got $400 prize money up for grabs for the win­ning team.”

Four CDRU teams - Brothers, In­n­is­fail, JCU and Wan­der­ers - have taken up the chal­lenge and will head to the Port Dou­glas sports com­plex on Satur­day, where they will face off against two Raiders teams.

De­spite field­ing two teams and hav­ing the home ground ad­van­tage, Mr Cal­craft doesn’t ex­pect the Raiders to have ev­ery­thing their own way.

“Brothers are usu­ally the team to beat,” he said

The competition will take the for­mat of round-robin games ev­ery 20 min­utes, with the two top teams bat­tling for brag­ging rights and a psy­cho­log­i­cal edge head­ing into the reg­u­lar sea­son.

The round-robin competition will kick off at 12 noon at the Port Dou­glas sports com­plex, with the grand fi­nal kick­ing off at 5pm.

Ready for ac­tion: Raiders Adam Cal­craft, Jared Dun­stan, ‘Jeff the Maori’ Lemon and Nick Sher­ston

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