Shark at­tack takes down Tigers

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Moss­man-Port Dou­glas Sharks will en­ter this week’s bye full of con­fi­dence they are ca­pable of play­ing fi­nals football af­ter up­set­ting Tully at home last Satur­day night.

With Tully go­ing into the match hold­ing down fifth spot, the Sharks proved too good across the park to run out com­fort­able 46-26 win­ners.

The Sharks have notched up back-to-back wins and could line up for their next game against third-placed Ed­mon­ton at the Moss­man Show­grounds on July 14, just one point out­side the top-five.

Coach Dar­ryl Light­ning said he was de­lighted by the ef­fort put in by his play­ers so far this sea­son and be­lieves a fi­nals ap­pear­ance is not be­yond the Sharks.

“We haven’t been think­ing about fi­nals, we were just look­ing to im­prove on last year,” he said.

“But con­sid­er­ing how we’re go­ing at this stage of the year, we might as well look at breaking into the top five and stay­ing there.”

Light­ning

said

there was no se­cret to the Sharks’ muchim­proved per­for­mance this year as op­posed to last sea­son when the club was flogged ev­ery week and nearly folded.

“Every­body’s just started to be­lieve in each other, we’re turn­ing up to play football and we’re not wor­ried about any off-field dra­mas,” he said.

“The play­ers have shown they can be part of a win­ning cul­ture.”

He also paid trib­ute to the ef­forts of hooker Jor­dan Com­mando and five-eighth Lyall Murgha from Yarrabah and from Jer­maine Pryor who joined the club at the start of the sea­son.

“They’ve stuck with us and we’ve given them the op­por­tu­nity to play first grade and they’ve re­paid us for that faith in their abil­ity,” he said.

Murgha will be back for the Ed­mon­ton clash de­spite be­ing knocked out in a late tackle against Tully.

The Sharks are con­fi­dent they can beat any­one in the com­pe­ti­tion in the run to the fi­nals.

“Ed­mon­ton are very beat­able - watch out, the Sharks are on their way up.”

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Hit the deck: Sharks five-eighth Lyall Murgha mo­ments be­fore be­ing knocked out

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