Raiders take out Vikings
THE Under-16 Reef Radiers kicked off their season against the Vikings at West Barlow Park in Innisfail on Friday.
Brady McFarlane crashed over the line to take first try of the year, with the Raiders dominating, securing a seven-point lead on the board to conclude the first half.
Nevertheless, the Vikings soon turned the tables in the second half, and despite starting strong, the Raiders lost out to the home advantage team owed to silly errors and dropped balls.
The game ended in a 22-7 defeat with the game being called early due to a season- ending injury for 14-year- old forward Jaggar Ablett.
Brady McFarlane and Aiden Alberts put in stellar performances throughout the game.
The Under-12s Port Douglas Reef Raiders Rugby Union team kicked off the 2012 season in style, steam rolling the fancied TAS White Rock team in Cairns.
The young Raiders took control of the game from the whistle with a strong attacking style of play.
Showing class in the number 10 jersey, Zac Osborne opened the account with the first two tries of the match.
The forwards dominated play with a go forward straight up the middle attitude and the clearing out at the rucks was fantastic, with quick ball delivered to the backs from Leith (Lethal) Malone.
Captain on the night William Brown lead from the front all night and was awarded the third five pointer of the night, with Zac converting the score was 17 -7.
A Man of the Match performance from Campbell Allen with his barnstorming running and hard as nails tackling went over for the Raiders fourth try in the second half.
The Raiders defended their line well and with pace to burn outside with Tom Walker, and Zeclan Grogan-Ryan in the centres they kept the opposition guessing all night.
Try of the night went to local lass Georgia Kelly who had an outstanding game as blindside flanker, scooping up the ball from broken play she crashed over the line taking four defenders with her.
Final score was Raiders 27-14.