Sharks fall to In­n­is­fail

But side re­mains op­ti­mistic

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - ANGELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

THE Moss­man Port Dou­glas Sharks want you . . . to come and sup­port them as they bat­tle this week­end at home to re­gain their fight­ing glory af­ter re­ceiv­ing a flog­ging last week­end against In­n­is­fail.

All grades fell to a mer­ci­less In­n­is­fail, A-Grade lost 62-10, re­serves fell 58-6 and C-Grade man­aged a cou­ple ex­tra tries but still got flogged 4 -16.

While some have writ­ten the Sharks off from reach­ing the top five, pres­i­dent Bron­son Ryan has shrugged off the de­feat and said the side is re­main­ing in good spir­its and com­pet­i­tive, ready to fight harder.

“I was talk­ing to the boys Tues­day night and they’re all keen and pos­i­tive, it was our first big­gest loss of the sea­son and that’s an achieve­ment in it­self, last year we lost ev­ery game by this mar­gin,” he said.

“It was our worst, we had a cou­ple of in­juries and some play­ers who didn’t show and we started five­down, which let us down big time.

“We’re stay­ing pos­i­tive and com­pet­i­tive, 10 points could push us up back into the top five against the other teams.”

With five games left in the sea­son, the Sharks need to break their cur­rent los­ing streak and keep their fin­gers and toes crossed the teams fight­ing for the fifth spot lose their games.

“We will re­main pos­i­tive and get in and dig in and show our community we are def­i­nitely a force for this year and def­i­nitely a force for next year,” Ryan said.

“We are not say­ing we are out, if things bounce our way we could still make the top five, we are chas­ing the Kan­ga­roos who are five points ahead of us, if they lose a cou­ple in a row and we have a win­ning streak, we can change our re­sults, any­thing could hap­pen.”

Ryan said the Sharks are al­ready win­ners in the fact they have been a force to reckon with this sea­son and their united team spirit and com­petive­ness will continue un­til the very last game.

“Hope­fully we can win this week and still give the top five a bit of a scare and I think we’ve proven that if we make the top five or not, a lot of clubs are still watch­ing out for us,” Ryan said.

“There’s a lot of pos­i­tives com­ing out of this year and this is a wake-up call for the community to show them we do have a com­pet­i­tive team here.

“We just hope to see a big crowd again, this year has been very com­pet­i­tive and we de­serve a big crowd to get us home in the last five games.”

Kick off for C-Grade at the Sharks home turf at the show­grounds is 4pm, re­serves 5.30pm and the big game against Ed­mon­ton is at 7pm.

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