Sharks vs premiers
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