Raiders win but painfully

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Port Dou­glas Raiders are more like the walk­ing wounded be­fore the Cairns rugby union com­pe­ti­tion even gets un­der­way.

With club stal­warts Nick Sher­ston and Adam Cal­craft still out in­jured, the Raiders suf­fered more ca­su­al­ties as they com­fort­ably ac­counted for Wan­der­ers last week­end mi­nus veteran for­ward Shane Branch who is out for the sea­son af­ter in­jur­ing his shoul­der mov­ing a fridge.

Coach Adrian Ban­ner­man said it was an ugly win against the Wan­der­ers but there were some pos­i­tive signs.

“We started very pos­i­tive and there were a few guys who showed what play­ing for the Raiders is all about,” he said.

“Kyle Lemon, our No.8 and cap­tain, led from the front and front rower Clint Katchel played the full 80 min­utes while Grant Payne had his best game ever for us on the wing.

“Grae Gil­bert at in­side cen­tre was also im­pres­sive and fin­ished with 18 points for the match.”

The Paddy’s Bar Player of the Match went to Kyle Lemon.

The Raiders are in for a much tougher en­counter on Fri­day night when they tackle Bar­ron Trin­ity which are con­sid­ered the bench­mark for the new sea­son at West Bar­low in Cairns from 7.30pm.

The Rat­tle ’n’ Hum Raiders are still look­ing for re­cruits and any­one keen for a game is in­vited to meet the coach at Rat­tle ’n’ Hum on Fri­day at 5pm.

The sea­son proper doesn’t kick off un­til mid-april.

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