The undefeatable Raiders
THE undefeated Under-10s played a first versus second game on Friday night against Innisfail.
And another Under-10 side had played on Wednesday night for their final game of the season.
All the boys turned up to play and what a great game it was.
We were very lucky to have David Sands Senior referee the game and with his willingness to explain his decisions to the boys and girls, the game flowed on.
Innisfail had improved from their last outing against the Raiders and the boys kept them at bay.
Tries for the Raiders were by Nick Scommazzon, and Kalepo Tusa scored twice and Tom Walker for the final try with conversion by Scotty Bowen. The final score was 22-0. The Under 12 Raiders finished their season in style with a deserving 43-12 victory over the Innisfail Vikings last Friday finishing in third spot overall for the year.
The opening 10 minutes was
(Back Row) Zeclen Ryan, Kalepo Tusa, Dereck Letcher, Tom Walker, Billy Kadwell, Jarrad Tesch, Joe Tusa, Scotty Bowen. (Front Row) Caleb Ross, Nick Scomazzon, BJ Davies, Leith Malone, Joshua Cranswick, Sean Demunk and Matthew Scomazzon very fast with both forward packs throwing themselves into the rucks, and after the Raiders worked their way towards the Vikings line, Hugo Walker picked the ball off a ruck and charged in under the posts opening the Raiders score.
Innisfail hit back moments later, but it was clear the Raiders were not going to let the game go and began to throw the ball around finding plenty of room out wide.
Tully Cartwright played his best game of the year at inside centre putting his outside men into space off every ball in attack and booting the Raiders out of trouble in defence.
The second half saw the Vikings tactics turn to sledging, and pushing and shoving which the Raiders seemed to enjoy.
Matty Chesterfield put on a couple of crunching tackles and Charlie Burns added some mongrel to the rucks rising to the occasion. Glen Mcfarlane was outstanding on the wing putting anyone who ran at him into touch with some strong defence. Luke Pellegrinet played his final game in the area and again was a tower of strength. The Raiders fitness and determination has showed in every game they played this season, they played every game as hard as they could displaying a fantastic attitude and great sportsmanship.
Well done to all players of Junior Raiders on a job well done this season. Thanks to all the coaches for their dedication to the kids, big thanks to Denise Mchugh who without we would not have juniors and organisation, same to Stewart Cowe and Joanne Cowe, Belinda and Sheree for organising and manning the bar at home games, Anne and Tan for their fantastic sausage sizzles and Scomazzon’s for the onions.
Thanks to all parents for making the commitment and see you all at the Presentation Night tomorrow at the clubhouse grounds in Port Douglas.
The undefeated Under-10s: