Char­ity clash ends in draw

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.”

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