Sharks walk off in game protest

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

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.

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