Raiders score win in fifi rst game
THE Port Douglas Raiders opened their 2011 CDRU account with a 24-14 win over Innisfail on Saturday at the Port Douglas Sports Complex.
Assistant coach Adam Calcraft said the Raiders had benefitted from an intense pre-season training regime.
“It was pretty heavy going on the pitch, after it pelted down on Friday night,” he said.
“I thought all the fitness training we’ve done really paid off though.
“We were able to run the game out, and that ended up being the difference.”
After trailing 14-10 with just 15 minutes to go, the Raiders piled on two more converted tries to put the game beyond reach of the visitors.
Mr Calcraft said the Raiders had not played their prettiest game, but he was happy to take the competition points.
“We dropped a lot of ball early, and I think we were still in 7s mode, but once we straightened up and decided to run straight, we broke them open,” he said.
Man of the match was Nick Sherston, playing his first game in Raiders’ colours for over 12 months after a season in Canada.
“Paully Ferrero was awarded two points,” Mr Calcraft said.
“He’s the oldest bloke on the team, but he finished looking a lot fresher than some of the younger guys.”
Mr Calcraft said the Raiders were fit and cohesive at an early stage of the season.
“Hopefully we can get some momentum going at the start of the year, rather than leaving it until the last round before we fire up,” he said.
This Saturday’s game at Barlow Park was likely to provide a tougher challenge.
“We’re taking on Barron on the weekend,” Mr Calcraft said.
“They were in the pre-season grand final, and they’ve been in the grand final three times lately, so they’ll be tough to beat.”