Raiders ready for a rum­ble

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Port Dou­glas Raiders rugby club are ready to rum­ble.

The team have al­ready set their sights on mak­ing the fi­nals this year.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to get­ting back into the long ver­sion of the game,” Raiders’ as­sis­tant coach Adam Cal­craft said.

“The 7s and 10s style of play doesn’t re­ally suit us, but we should be able to field a full 22-man squad ev­ery week this year, and we’re feel­ing pretty fit.

“We’ve had a good pre-sea­son, and Si­mon Dobbs has been knock­ing us into shape.

“He gets the boys en­thu­si­as­tic and they seem to ap­pre­ci­ate it.

“This the hard­est pre-sea­son I’ve ever done.”

Af­ter strug­gling last year to make up a full team with back­pack­ers and blow-ins, Adam said there were a lot more lo­cals in the ranks this year.

“We’ve got a few play­ers who have come back from over­seas, blokes like Sam Batty and Tarne Rus­sel.

“Then there are guys like Jeff the Maori, who should have a good year, and Nick Sher­ston seems to have ben­e­fit­ted from hav­ing some­one in his ear dur­ing the pre-sea­son.

“Then we’ve got Nick Perry, he’s only 19 but he’s 110kg, he should add a bit of grunt up for­ward.

“We’ll prob­a­bly have a few guys play­ing with the Ather­ton re­serves team as well.”

The Raiders will be tak­ing on In­n­is­fail at the Port Dou­glas sports com­plex at 4pm on Satur­day.

The cur­tain-raiser re­serves grade game will pit In­n­is­fail against Ather­ton’s re­serve team at 2:30pm.

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