Jnr Raiders kick off

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Ju­nior Raiders had their first game of the sea­son on Fri­day night and trav­elled to Cairns to play In­n­is­fail in three hotly con­tested grades.

The Un­der-16s had a bye in their first week but will be fired up to play a home game to­mor­row.

The first out­ing for the Un­der­10s was a great ef­fort from a side that is still learn­ing. They showed great char­ac­ter and team work.

They worked well to­gether to bring about a 40-0 win.

The Un­der-12 Raiders kicked off their sea­son well with a grind­ing 24-15 win against a big­ger op­po­si­tion in the In­n­is­fail Vik­ings.

The Raiders de­fended ex­tremely well in the open­ing 15 min­utes and when the Vik­ings made a mis­take, the Raiders made them pay with their first points on the board.

The play­ers showed great at­ti­tude, hold­ing on to the lead for the en­tire game.

The op­po­si­tion made a late come­back but could not break the Raiders spir­ited de­fence.

The Raiders Un­der-14s are back to great form, play­ing like they have in the past as a pre­mier­ship team.

The game against In­n­is­fail was a re-match of the 2009 grand fi­nal and both teams had long mem­o­ries.

The Raiders were short but were helped out by the boys from TAS and Bar­ron Trinity.

The game was hard and the Raiders matched the op­po­si­tion the whole game but, with no re­serves, tired in the fi­nal min- utes to let the Vik­ings in. The Raiders lost by one try.

All teams will wel­come ex­tra play­ers but es­pe­cially in the Un­der 16 and Un­der 14 sides.

Come along to train­ing on Tues­day and Thurs­day evenings from 5pm at the Moss­man Show­grounds.

At the home game to­mor­row, at the Raiders ground in Port Dou­glas, will see all four grades play­ing against TAS. All wel­come to join in cheer­ing on the Ju­nior Raiders from 5pm.

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