Lack­lus­tre Raiders lose

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

LAST Satur­day’s game against Bar­ron Trin­ity saw the Raiders start very flat, a trend for much of the year which has to change if they are to chal­lenge for the premier­ship.

A lift in in­ten­sity at train­ing this week must be taken on to the park on Satur­day from the first minute of the game un­til the last if the Raiders are to beat South­side, the com­pe­ti­tion lead­ers and favourites.

The first half of Satur­day’s game was a mix of missed op­por­tu­ni­ties by the Raiders, poor dis­ci­pline at the break­down inclusive of not play­ing to the whis­tle which cost the team 14 points.

Some glar­ing er­rors made by match of­fi­cials saw play­ers pre­sume an out­come and pay the cost for their as­sump­tions.

Need­less to say the first 60 min­utes of the game saw the Raiders down 41-5, a shock­ing re­sult on the back of Bar­ron play­ing the Raiders’ game plan ef­fec­tively against them, how­ever with a fire sud­denly lit the last 20 min­utes saw the pride of the team shine through, with a mas­sive lift in in­ten­sity re­sult­ing in three unan­swered tries.

The fi­nal score was 41-24, a game not to be for­got­ten for the bonus point gained and lessons learned.

Tries were scored by Clint Kachel, James Thomas, Jor­dan Marsh and Adrian Ban­ner­man with two con­ver­sions to Dal­las Abel.

The three points went to James Thomas (Jumbi), two to Paul Fer­rero and one to Si­mon Chic.

This week’s game against South­side at Raider Park is now a must-win for the Raiders, a tough ask with in­juries to key play­ers Adam Cal­craft with a bro­ken fin­ger and Grae Gil­bert out with a corked thigh.

Re­serve grade kicks off at 2.30pm and Raiders at 4pm, head down and show some sup­port for the boys.


HANDS UP: Raider Jor­dan Marsh jumps for a li­ne­out

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