Raiders win but painfully
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.