Charity clash ends in draw
THE Tree Loppers and Rainforest Dragons drew 40-all in front of a packed crowd at the Mossman Showgrounds last Friday night.
The charity match was a success with a crowd who filled up the grounds and got behind the teams, kept an eye on the referee and helped support the Jolly family and the Sharks.
The Golden Oldies kicked off the night and the old Mossman Sharks managed to win by one point against the old Dragons for a final score 27-26.
Organiser Billy Quaid said the whole event raised around $10,000 - before expenses - and the raffle for the signed Billy Slater Guernsey raised $1500 on its own.
“We had so many people ringing us and dropping off donations, from bottles of wine to free trips out to the reef - even Woollies came to us and asked if we needed food,” he said.
“People came to us in leaps and bounds and that opened my eyes to a large degree and just confirmed that Mossman is still a good place to be.”
The crowd were on the edge of their seat the whole main match and Rainforest Dragons’ Bronson Ryan said both teams played really well.
“It was a ripper, I think the crowd went home pleased,” he said.
“Both the Loppers and the Rainforest Dragons played really well, the referee did a good job under pressure from the community and us.”
“And we still have our honour intact, we haven’t lost a game yet and we are going to take that into next year.”
Dragons player Peter Tuccandidgee was the one who made history by scoring the try that tied the game and the Loppers’ Riki Burchill won the try celebration with a cartwheel and back-flip combo.
“It was just good to see how much the crowd got into and backed it,” Billy said.
“It was definitely a spectator’s game, it got heated like the State of Origin because my boys are proud to be Loppers and their boys are proud to be Dragons.”
“And next year is going to be bigger and badder, the draw will see to that and the community response this year - it’s nice to know people still care in Mossman.”