Sharks bite neme­sis

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

THE Moss­man-port Dou­glas Sharks have earned their place in the top five af­ter de­feat­ing Yarrabah in a mas­sive home game last Satur­day.

The Sharks were lucky enough to snatch up North­ern Pride player Chey Bird, who is cur­rently re­cov­er­ing from an an­kle in­jury and get­ting back into the game with his nom­i­nated team.

Pres­i­dent Bron­son Ryan said Bird played a good game fill­ing the cen­tre po­si­tion, de­spite play­ing full­back for the North­ern Pride.

“We only get one Pride player al­lo­cated to the Moss­man Sharks and through in­juries, Chey is get­ting his form back and we’ve been lucky hav­ing him goal kick­ing and show­ing lead­er­ship on the field,” he said.

“Dar­ryl Light­ning is also do­ing a good job as coach, with the lead­er­ship he’s giv­ing us and the play­ers are re­spond­ing well to him, he’s got a group of roughly 20 to 25 that re­ally rally around him.

“They want to be part of what’s hap­pen­ing and that’s great, we’re build­ing the Sharks for the fu­ture, our whole aim is re­build­ing and ev­ery team we come against we’re the un­der­dogs and love wear­ing it.”

And the team are sur­viv­ing in top form, beat­ing Yarrabah last week­end in Moss­man 32-18 with their strong for­ward pack dom­i­nat­ing the game.

“Yarrabah was a big game, the first 20 min­utes was tough and the for­wards were work­ing hard and made it easy for the backs to fin­ish the game off with some great in­di­vid­ual ef­forts,” Ryan said.

“They’re play­ing tremen­dous foot­ball at the mo­ment.

“Guys like Ger­maine Prior and Barry Prior and Quentin Dodd and the for­ward pack in gen­eral stood out and the other stand­outs were the four Yarrabah play­ers trav­el­ling with us, they had a real tough game but stood up.”

Jor­dan Ca­nendo, Lyall Murgha, Rod­er­ick Dun­can and An­drew Gar­rett all played dy­namic games with the Sharks, de­spite fac­ing a chal­leng­ing game from their old teammates Yarrabah. The other grades were not as for­tu­nate, with C-grade go­ing down 44-26 and the re­serves get­ting a flog­ging 62-6.

The next game for the Sharks will be in Gor­don­vale and they are hop­ing to up­set Sub­urbs who are sit­ting in third po­si­tion on the lad­der.

“The com­pe­ti­tion is very tight this year and any­thing can hap­pen with po­si­tions four to seven chang­ing ev­ery week and they’ll all be fight­ing hard,” Ryan said.

“We got a cou­ple of big games in the few next week try­ing to keep in that top five spot, it’s go­ing to be a tight con­test.”

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Big dif­fer­ence: Pride player Chey Bird added plenty in de­fence

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