Showdown time - Loppers vs Dragons
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.
Ready for battle: Trevor Port, Peter Tuccandidgee, Billy Quaid, Greg Creek, Zac Rogers and Lawrence Gibson