Sharks score first-up

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Moss­man Port Dou­glas Sharks cel­e­brated their first sea­son-open­ing win in five years with a de­served 24-14 vic­tory over Ivan­hoes last Satur­day night.

It has been a huge turn­around in the off-sea­son for the Sharks, who fin­ished with the wooden spoon in 2011 and faced be­ing kicked out of the com­pe­ti­tion only a few months ago due to a lack of play­ers.

But with new pres­i­dent Bron­son Ryan and cap­tain-coach Daryl Light­ning in­ject­ing some much-needed en­thu­si­asm to the proud club, the Sharks head into their first home game of the sea­son against Ather­ton on Satur­day night brim­ming with con­fi­dence.

Light­ning has re­cruited some key play­ers from Cairns and Yarrabah to com­pli­ment his lo­cal squad and be­lieves last week­end’s win over a side which made the fi­nals last year is a huge step for­ward.

“We can win games if we just stick to­gether and play footy,” he said.

“The boys have been train­ing the house down and it was a good ef­fort from ev­ery­one against Ivan­hoes.

“There was a pe­riod of 15 min­utes be­fore half-time when they were camped on our try­line and in the past we would’ve let 20 points in but we held them out with some solid de­fence.”

The Sharks have been boosted with the ad­di­tion of hooker Jor­dan Com­mando and half­back Lyall Murgha from Yarrabah with Jer­maine Pryor from Cairns prov­ing a per­fect re­cruit at prop along­side fel­low first-gamer Quentin Dodd.

“Jer­maine gives us the go­for­ward from start to fin­ish up front which is what we’ve been miss­ing over the last few sea­sons,” Light­ning said.

“Our young lo­cal boys Jar­riet Den­man, Josh Sag­iba and Robert Oui are also giv­ing us plenty of ef­fort. We’re keep­ing the club sur­viv­ing but if there’s any­one out there who can of­fer some em­ploy­ment to our play­ers to keep them in the com­mu­nity and with the club that would be great.”

Satur­day’s clash against the Ather­ton Roost­ers at the Moss­man Show­grounds kicks off with the re­serves game from 5pm.

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