Raiders set for strong season start
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.