Sharks score first-up
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.