Ladies cheers on Raiders

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE an­nual Ladies Day spon­sored by Hoffman paint­ing saw a great crowd on Satur­day to sup­port the Port Dou­glas Reef Raiders as they took on JCU in wet con­di­tions.

Both teams started the match at a fu­ri­ous pace and some fierce de­fence by one Todd Funch con­tin­u­ally put the JCU run­ners on their backs.

But it was JCU who scored the first and sec­ond tries of the game, but not to be out done the Raiders hit back be­fore the break through Funch and made the score 14 -7 at the half.

The sec­ond half saw the game open up and a to­tal of 32 points scored from both teams.

With end to end rugby it saw the raiders take two penal­ties and get to one-point be­hind, but a few sim­ple er­rors costed the raiders and put them on the back foot.

Even­tu­ally JCU posted the first try for the half, but again, not to be out done the Raiders hit back quickly and Matt Jewel scored in the corner to get them back into it.

With seven min­utes left on the clock the Raiders needed to score a con­verted try to win but it was JCU who scored out wide and put the game a bit harder to win for the Raiders.

The clock wasn’t on their side as the Raiders scored on the buzzer through Grant Payne who came back from in­jury this week, the final score was 28-25.

The play­ers of the match were Si­mon Chick, Shane Branch and the Paddy’s Man of the Match went to Paul Fer­rrero.

Next week the Raiders are at home against Broth­ers.

The coach was happy with the ef­fort and spirit in which was shown by the play­ers, but said there’s is a lot to work to done be­fore Satur­day.

Photo by AN­THONY CAPOGRECO

Charge: Kyle Lemon

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