Fi­nal home game a Raiders’ win­ner

Claws out in net­ball

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Rat­tle ’n’ Hum Reef Raiders played their last home game of the year in front of a large crowd on Satur­day.

The Raiders knew they needed to win to start push­ing for a fi­nal four spot and they did just that with Grae Gil­bert scor­ing within the first five min­utes.

Not to be out­done, Si­mon Chick scored straight af­ter with a clever chip and chase saw him get five points on the board.

Af­ter the great start, the Raiders started to slow up and saw the Wan­der­ers’ de­fence sharpen up but the Raiders played the per­cent­ages and THE claws are out as the Division 1 com­pe­ti­tion hots up with the Cougars claim­ing vic­tory over Crocs 1 on Tues­day night.

The Crocs fought back to win the last quar­ter but gave the Cougars too much head­s­tart. Best and fairest were awarded to the Cougars’ Keren Bohm and the Crocs’ Ebony McCarthy.

The sec­ond Division 1 game for the night saw Young Guns continue their win­ning streak with a vic­tory over Rat­tle ’n’ Hum.

Guns took the court with only five play­ers leav­ing GD Re­becca Nel­son to de­fend Rat­tle’s two at­tack­ing play­ers. Re­becca was awarded Best and Fairest along with Zara Ryan from Rat­tle for her out­stand­ing shoot­ing.

Crocs 2 was beaten this week by the Jets 47-12. The Jets’ player Karla Lo­gan’s de­fence kept the ball away from the Crocs’ shooter which she was awarded Best and Fairest.

Ring Ins claimed a large vic­tory over Gun­nars with 21-5. Gun­nars strug­gled to get the ball into the ring in the first two quar­ters and couldn’t fight back for the lead.

It was a close game be­tween the Rep­tos and Wolver­ines this week, with Rep­tos com­ing out on top with a 22-17 win. Best and Fairest went to Chrissie Reushle from the Rep­tos for her im­pres­sive shoot­ing. this saw them camp on the op­po­si­tion’s line and it was Ethan Hoffman who scored out wide.

Then af­ter some well-con­trolled ball play from the for­wards, the backs put to­gether a move and this re­sulted in Chick grab­bing his sec­ond try.

But just be­fore half­time fa­tigue was set­ting in and this saw the Wan­der­ers get over the line.

Af­ter the break, the Raiders didn’t start well with the Wan­der­ers scor­ing first and giv­ing them a sniff.

But the Raiders picked up their act and this saw Tim make some big tack­les and charg­ing runs, and with the Wan­der­ers’ de­fence tir­ing this let the Raiders play some run­ning rugby with Liam Cowe and Nick Sher­ston scor­ing tries.

The fi­nal score was 34-12 to the Raiders, so with a bonus point win the Raiders will head into their fi­nal three matches on the road with con­fi­dence, start­ing this week­end at In­n­is­fail.

Best play­ers this week were Marty Paulger and Nick Sher­ston who had one of his best games of the year.

The Paddy’s Bar Man-of-the-Match went to Clint Kachel who backed up from last week.

No stop­ping him: Liam Cowe scor­ing in the cor­ner

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