Raiders ready for a rumble
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.