Sharks fall to Innisfail
But side remains optimistic
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.