Sharks bite nemesis
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.”
Big difference: Pride player Chey Bird added plenty in defence