Raiders get bonus win

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE Rat­tle ’n’ Hum Reef Raiders took on cel­lar dwellers Wan­der­ers in their search for back to back wins last Satur­day.

With con­fi­dence rid­ing high in the club the boys took to the field, but it was Wan­der­ers who come out with the fire in their belly and it was some great de­fence stop­ing the vis­i­tors get­ting over the line.

But af­ter 10 min­utes the Raiders set­tled down and started to wear the de­fence down and mak­ing in­roads all over the park.

Josh Mezger was the first to cross the line af­ter 20 min­utes but that opened the flood gates for Grae Gilbert and Jack­son Dem­ler to post tries on the back of some great sup­port play and field po­si­tion.

At half­time the raiders were up 17-0 which was pleased the coach to see an­other half of no points scored against the team.

The sec­ond half was a spe­cial one as Liam Cowe be­came the first Ju­nior Raider to come through the ranks and make his se­nior de­but.

And he did not dis­ap­point with his first two touches cre­at­ing a try-scor­ing chance only for the sup­port to be bun­dled out just one me­tre be­fore the line, then a 50-me­tre run to give the Raiders great field po­si­tion to see Si­mon Chick score 10 phases later af­ter the run.

But to Wan­der­ers’ credit they didn’t give up and scored two tries them­selves in­clud­ing one re­ally soft one.

But not to be out­done, Liam de­cided it wasn’t the last points of the game with him­self scor­ing a try on de­but much to the de­light of his mum on the hill and dad play­ing.

The fi­nal score was a bonus point win to the raiders 29-14.

The play­ers of the day went to paul fer­rero, liam cowe and pad­dys man of the match went to Dad "disco stew".

Next week sees the Raiders head to west Bar­low Park to take on lad­der lead­ers Bar­ron Trin­ity, who will be fired up af­ter their first lost last week, so a much im­proved ef­fort will be needed if the Raiders are to keep win­ning and hand Bar­ron their sec­ond loss of the year.

Photo by ALISON GE­ORGE

On the prowl: Croc Jules Smith

Photo by ALISON GE­ORGE

Go­ing for it: Raider Matt Crock­ett

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