THE Mossman-Port Douglas Sharks scored a crucial 36-26 win against Mareeba on Sunday.
The Sharks, eternal cellardwellers of the CDRL, crossed the line for six tries in the team’s first win of the season.
Senior coach Trevor Cobb said the presence of former NRL winger Brenton Bowen lifted the Sharks and instilled a sense of discipline in the team.
“There’s a big buzz around the club this week,” he said. “We had three wins and a draw, it was a good day for the club.”
Bowen crossed for two tries, but Mr Cobb said it was his professionalism that dragged other players up by their bootstraps.
“Everyone stepped up a gear to try to go with Brenton,” he said. “I’ve been telling the boys ’it’s all about the game plan’. As long as we stick to the game plan, we can blow teams off the park.
“We were able to get back into our game plan in the second half on Sunday, and that got us home.”
Cobb said the team would need to focus more on defence to be a serious threat at the pointy end of the season.
“Our goal for this year was to win five games. We’ve proved we can score points, but we need to improve our defence.
“There’s no point scoring 20 points in a half if we let the other team back in after half-time.
“If we maintain our discipline and stay consistent, we’ll win a fair few games this year.”
While Brenton scored two tries, it was his cousin Stanton Bowen who shared the man of the match award with halfback Harry Cobb. Davin Crampton also crossed the try-line twice, while Chris Williams scored one.
Peter Tuccandidgee not only scored a try, he also slotted home six of seven goal attempts.
Mr Cobb said this Sunday’s game against Yarrabah would be a test for the newly-confident Sharks.
Try time: Davin Crampton crosses for the Sharks on Saturday night