Injuries hurt Sharks
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.’’
OUT FOR REVENGE: the Sharks will be out for an improved effort this weekend