In­juries hurt Sharks

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

THE A-GRADE Moss­man-Port Dou­glas Sharks suf­fered their first loss at home last Satur­day, go­ing down to the reign­ing pre­miers Broth­ers in a some­what con­tro­ver­sial match.

In­ter­est­ing ref­eree de­ci­sions saw only 11 Sharks play­ers on the field at one stage of the match, with three play­ers be­ing thrown in the sin bin for shoul­der charges.

The Sharks plan to talk with the head refs about th­ese de­ci­sions and try to clar­ify the shoul­der charge rule.

The Sharks played well in the first half but slowed down in the sec­ond half when the Broth­ers ran away with the game with a 60-14 win.

Sharks player-coach Bron­son Ryan said it is time for the team to gain their con­fi­dence back and play hard.

‘‘The team didn’t play badly last week, we tried hard, and were down some of our best play­ers,’’ he said.

‘‘ There were some re­ally in­ter­est­ing ref de­ci­sions which we plan to talk out with the ref- eree com­mit­tee.

‘‘This week will see Troy Hilditch, Peter Tuck and Ai­den Smith back in the ranks as we take on the Sub­urbs away.

‘‘We had a bit of a break down last year around this time and I re­ally hope the boys have learnt from that ex­pe­ri­ence and get our con­fi­dence back quickly be­cause we re­ally play off our con­fi­dence.

‘‘Best play­ers went to Yate­man and Bossier for re­ally stand­ing up and play­ing hard.’’

The Sharks have been train­ing hard this week in prepa­ra­tion of their match against the South­ern Sub­urbs at Al­ley Park in Gor­don­vale on Satur­day.

C grade has a bye this week, the re­serves will kick off at 5.30 and A grade at 7pm.

‘‘We are re­ally look­ing to cause an up­set this week and get our heads in the game,’’ Ryan said.

‘‘We will go out and be com­pet­i­tive and hope­fully it will pay off and see us come out with a win.

‘‘Af­ter this week­end we have four home games in a row which we re­ally want to win to give us a chance for fi­nals.’’

Pic­ture: NEIL WEAVERS

OUT FOR RE­VENGE: the Sharks will be out for an im­proved ef­fort this week­end

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