Raiders score win in fifi rst game

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - RICHARD KOSER

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.”

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