The un­de­feat­able Raiders

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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:

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