Sharks walk off in game protest
THE Mossman-Port Douglas Sharks had a rather controversial game at the weekend, not finishing their game against the Southern Suburbs due to a walk-off by players.
Vice-president Troy Hilditch said that despite other reports that the Sharks walked off the field due to the fact the player-coach Daryl Lightning was sin-binned, this was not the reason.
‘‘The real reason we walked off was because a spectator actually came on the field and attacked one of our players, not because of Lightning being put in the sin-bin.’’ he said.
The Sharks fought hard throughout the match but their defence was lacking and by the time they left the field with 14 minutes to go, the scoreboard was showing Suburbs ahead 46-8.
Suburbs players remained on the field and were declared the winners.
At the time of print, Sharks players and administration were meeting with the league judicial bodies regarding the incident.
Hilditch said the club is looking forward and training hard for this weekend’s home game against Mareeba.
‘‘This will be the first of four home games and we have a pretty good record at home,’’ he said.
‘‘We have been training hard, especially in defence as we have been leaking a few points lately.
‘‘We feel pretty confident, it should be a good game.
‘‘We are expecting a hard-fought match as Mareeba are in good form and have some big players on their side.
‘‘After a rough couple of weeks we are looking forward to playing at home and hope to see our supporters come out in force.’’
Game times are 4pm, 5.30pm and 7pm at the Mossman Showgrounds.