Dragons hang on by skin of teeth
Yacht club runners not put off by weather conditions
A SMALL squall passing over Port on the weekend gave the first handicap yachts a windy head start against the second handicap in this year’s Two Island Sail and Run.
Organiser of the event and Port Douglas Yacht Club Commodore Mick Gwilliams told the Gazette the race was successful with six yachts joining forces with six athletes for last weekend’s event.
“It was very good and we were very happy the turn out and result,” Gwilliams said.
“The highlight for me was the amount of entries, there is a lot of potential and we will certainly do it again next year,” he said.
Out of the athletes who did race, Grant with yacht Ice, won the Low isles Lap trophy after recording the fastest time around Low isles of 9 minutes, 25 seconds.
Nick with yacht Ann Sea won the beach sprint trophy with a time of 15 minutes, 17 seconds, winning him the coveted titled of top athlete for the combined stages.
Despite their best efforts, first to cross the finish line was Christian with yacht Magic, followed by Julia with yacht Tau Ceti, third was Nick with Ann Sea, Grant with Ice, Dave with Port FM Mais Oui and Mel with Indigo.
Handicap winners in the first division was Magic, followed by Ann Sea and Ice, and second division winner was Tau Ceti, followed by Port FM Mais Oui and Indigo. THE Douglas Dragons left it late by scoring a winner in the 87th minute on Friday night away at James Cook University to secure all three points in a match that could have seen either side win a feisty encounter.
The Dragons struggled early on, playing into a strong northerly breeze and adjusting to a new formation.
JCU fielded a far stronger side than the Dragons encountered at home in the first round, and then played at a high tempo pressuring the Dragons into making too many mistakes when in possession.
Although Gary Fitzgerald didn’t have a lot of saves to make the Dragons struggled to get out of their half in the early stages.
However when they did get out of their half they made JCU pay - Matty Smith was left with too much time and space on the right hand side. He knocked a fantastic cross for Ashley Woods to mark his return to the side with a well-taken header at the far post that left their keeper with no chance.
With the breeze dying out, the second half turned into a very even contest with both sides creating chances. Rodney Rasmussen was unlucky to have a fine header turned around the post after a pin-point cross from Logan Marsh at left back, and coach Nick Tither was guilty of being wasteful in front of goal from corners.
After 62 minutes JCU made the Dragons pay. A cross from out wide wasn’t dealt with properly and left their striker unmarked at the far post to poke home and make it one all. Despite both sides creating many chances they both failed to capitalise with JCU coming closest to winning it only to have Mark Lee foil their attempt on the line.
With only three minutes remaining Matty Smith was brought down on the edge of the box when through on goal.
Up stepped captain Marsh to bend the ball over the wall and into the net, sending the Dragons bench into raptures and taking his goal tally to 10 for the season.
With the Hmongs coming up this Friday night at Cassowary Park the Dragons were delighted to come away with three points but need to improve all over the park if they are to remain competitive. Man of the Match was Jordan Butterss for a commanding performance at centre half.