Raiders set for strong sea­son start

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Shane Ni­chols

THE Port Dou­glas Raiders rugby union club is aim­ing to fin­ish in the top four in the league this year, af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing 2015.

The club’s for­tunes dipped last year due to the loss of sev­eral strong play­ers, es­pe­cially un­for­tu­nate given that it fol­lowed a tri­umphant 2014 in which the lo­cal team won the FNQ Rugby premier­ship.

The de­ter­mi­na­tion is there, said player Ste­wart Cowe, and the build up this year has been good, not least with the ap­point­ment of coach Steven Page.

Page, an area man­ager for the Reds devel­op­ment squad, “is do­ing an ex­cel­lent job,” said Cowe.

“He gets his point across. His was one of the best coach­ing ses­sions I’ve ever been in.”

As well as that, he said. “we’ve had quite good num­bers at train­ing and we’ve got a few new guys com­ing – one is an English­man, a tight head prop who will ar­rive next week, and two South Africans who live on the Table­lands.

“We’ve got a fairly young team,” Crowe added.

“A lot of young play­ers have come through the ranks, guys like Rory McHugh, Lach­lan Cowe and Ju­lian Weimar.”

The first hit out is on April 9 in Cairns, and the fol­low­ing match is at home.

Mean­while Port Dou­glas Raiders club stal­wart Adam Cal­craft is help­ing to or­gan­ise a char­ity event for In­n­is­fail winger Danny Tut­vake who be­came a para­plegic af­ter an in­jury in the fi­nal min­utes of a re­serve grade match last June.

“We’ll be hold­ing a golf fundraiser at the Sher­a­ton Mi­rage in Port Dou­glas on July 1 for Danny to help with his on­go­ing med­i­cal bills,” Cal­craft said. “If you’re in­ter­ested in be­ing in­volved please get in touch with me as we’re de­ter­mined to raise as much money as we can.”

For more in­for­ma­tion please con­tact Adam Cal­craft on 0415 325 016.

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