Show­down time - Lop­pers vs Dragons

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

THE Tree Lop­pers and the Rain­for­est Dragons will bat­tle it out to­mor­row night for the glory of win­ning and to raise money for Matt Jolly’s fam­ily and the Moss­man Sharks.

Both teams have been busy pre­par­ing, the Dragons ready to de­fend their ti­tle and the Tree Lop­pers out for re­venge af­ter los­ing last year’s match.

Tree Lop­pers cap­tain and or­gan­iser of the event Billy “Chimichunga” Quaid will be try­ing out a few new play­ers in his squad.

“I reckon it will be a tight match, I’m back­ing my boys as the best team and hope­fully last year was bit of a prac­tice for all of us so we go on from there,” he said.

“Prepa­ra­tions have been light be­cause all our guys have to fly back for the game, so we’re a lit­tle un­der-pre­pared but other than that we are hop­ing to win this year.”

The lack of prepa­ra­tions could be the un­do­ing of the Tree Lop­pers with the Rain­for­est Dragons train­ing hard and de­ter­mined, ac­cord­ing to cap­tain Bron­son “Wongy” Ryan.

“We have had some real good train­ing ses­sions last week,” he said.

“The prepa­ra­tions are great, the boys are real keen and I think it’s go­ing to be a real good match this year - I reckon it’s go­ing to be a close game and very en­ter­tain­ing.”

The Dragons will be hav­ing a fam­ily bar­be­cue be­fore they of­fi­cially re­ceive their new jumpers with a Dream­time rain­for­est dragon on them.

“We are get­ting the el­ders up to do a han­dover for the brand new jer­seys and af­ter we are go­ing to get the kids to do a cor­ro­boree for us and for the Jolly fam­ily be­fore we run onto the field to pump us up,” Ryan said.

“We are pretty strong this year and for them to up­set us, it will be a big ef­fort, but our boys aren’t ar­ro­gant we know it’s go­ing to be a tough game and a good game.”

Gates open at 5.30pm to­mor­row at the Moss­man show­grounds and en­try is a gold coin do­na­tion, the first game starts at 6pm with the golden oldies and at 7.30pm the main event will be­gin.

There will be live mu­sic, bar and food avail­able for pur­chase and a raf­fle in­clud­ing a signed Billy Slater shirt and $200 prize for the player who shows-off his best af­ter try cel­e­bra­tion.

All money raised will go to­wards sup­port­ing Matt Jolly’s fam­ily and to keep the Moss­man Sharks in the game next sea­son.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Ready for bat­tle: Trevor Port, Peter Tuc­can­didgee, Billy Quaid, Greg Creek, Zac Rogers and Lawrence Gib­son

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