Sharks vs premiers

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Moss­man-Port Dou­glas Sharks rugby club will cel­e­brate their first game of the sea­son with a block­buster at home against Tully Tigers this Satur­day.

While book­ies might not give the wooden spoon­ers much chance against the reign­ing premiers, new coach Trevor Cobb said last sea­son would not pro­vide a fair bench­mark.

“We’ve got a new team and it’s a new sea­son,” he said af­ter train­ing this week.

“We’ve only got two play­ers from last year’s team, and a lot of Tully’s guys have moved on as well. I think we can turn the ta­bles on them. They’ve got a big pack of for­wards but our game plan is to move the ball around the pad­dock and run them ragged.”

Cobb said new re­cruits Gavin Cramp­ton and for­mer North Queens­land Cow­boy Bren­ton Bowen were itch­ing to play.

“Bren­ton and Gavin are jump­ing out of their skins, they didn’t get a whole lot of foot­ball in the last year.”

Less than a month af­ter the Sharks were strug­gling to field a team, Mr Cobb said he was grat­i­fied by the com­mit­ment play­ers were show­ing.

“Not that long ago we were get­ting 30 blokes at train­ing, but it’s like they’ve been com­ing out of the cane pad­docks.

“We must have had 55 or 60 at train­ing this week, and we’ll be able to field four teams on Satur­day, no wor­ries.”

The C grade game gets un­der­way at the Moss­man Show­grounds at 3pm, with the A grade match kick­ing off at 7pm. Fol­low­ing the A grade match, Sharks vice pres­i­dent Glenn McDon­ald will put his wild man im­age to the test as he Shaves for a Cure.

Shark shave: vice pres­i­dent Glenn McDon­ald will cut it all off for a good cause on Satur­day night

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