One more from the Raiders for fi­nals

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Port Dou­glas Raiders are poised for fi­nals foot­ball head­ing into the last round of the CDRU competition.

The Raiders put in one of their best ex­e­cuted team ef­forts last week­end to des­patch of In­n­is­fail 38-0 and earn an all-im­por­tant bonus point to kick them five points clear of fifth-placed Brothers.

With the Raiders tack­ling sec­ond-placed JCU Mariners this week­end and Brothers play­ing top-of-the-ta­ble South­side, Port Dou­glas is ex­pected to se­cure the last fi­nals berth.

Raiders coach Steve Mulqueen said he is con­fi­dent of up­set­ting JCU to build mo­men­tum head­ing into the fi­nals and has good rea­son to be up­beat as his side has beaten JCU once and drew their only other game this sea­son.

“We can’t af­ford to fall asleep as there is still a chance we could miss out on the fi­nals,” he said.

“But I be­lieve we’ve got a good chance of beat­ing them which would give us a men­tal edge if we play them again in the fi­nals.”

Mulqueen cited the ad­di­tion of five-eighth Si­mon Chick to the line-up in the last month as the miss­ing in­gre­di­ent for his side.

“He’s a key player in a key po­si­tion and he’s di­rected the side around well,” he said.

“We’ve also been hav­ing trou­ble with our li­ne­outs but they were much im­proved on the week­end and it was prob­a­bly our best ex­e­cuted game as we achieved our game plan and kept In­n­is­fail score­less.”

Mulqueen said the key to a pre­mier­ship for the Raiders was keep­ing it sim­ple.

“We just need to play per­cent­age foot­ball,” he said.

“If we get the field po­si­tion we’ve got the back­line to score the points.”

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