Sharks draw with Tully

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - RICHARD KOSER

MOSS­MAN Sharks coach Trevor Cobb was philo­soph­i­cal af­ter Satur­day’s draw against the reign­ing CDRL premiers Tully Tigers.

“Well, a draw is bet­ter than a loss, so we’re head­ing in the right direc­tion,” he said.

Af­ter giv­ing up a 14-point lead with 15 min­utes to go, how­ever, the coach said his squad still had some fine­tun­ing to do.

“We talked about it af­ter the games, and it seemed like the boys stopped play­ing to win,” Cobb said. “They were play­ing to pro­tect their lead, but that doesn’t al­ways work so well.

“We dropped the ball too of­ten in the sec­ond half, 12 times in fact, we didn’t com­plete our sets, and that puts you un­der a lot of pres­sure. You’re go­ing to get tired de­fend­ing even­tu­ally.”

Nev­er­the­less, the Sharks man­aged to es­tab­lish a com­mand­ing lead, with man of the match Johnny Paluki set­ting up two tries by fly­ing winger Peter Tuc­can­didgee, and with sin­gles to Dar­ren Cobb, Dar­ren Cramp­ton and Chris Wil­liams.

“It was a pretty big ef­fort against last year’s premiers,” Trevor said.

“A lot of boys took a lot of con­fi­dence away from the game.”

Fol­low­ing on from the first-round loss and an un­cer­tain open­ing to the year, when the team wasn’t even sure if it could field a first-grade squad, the draw gives the Sharks a sniff of suc­cess.

This week’s mis­sion, play­ing the Ather­ton Roost­ers at the Chookpen, could be a tougher ask.

The lad­der-lead­ing Chooks fea­ture for­mer NRL winger Obe Geia, who scored a cou­ple of tries in his team’s 36-30 win over Sub­urbs on the week­end.

“They’re one of the gun teams of the competition this year,” Trevor said.

“We’ll be do­ing a lot of work on our de­fence, and on ball con­trol.

“But if we can per­form like we did last week, we’re in with a chance.”

In the other games, the Sharks suf­fered a nar­row 22-16 loss in re­serve grade, the Un­der-18s were beaten 36-18 and C-Grade were de­feated 30-12.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

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