Sharks make it three
Home team looking good as players find groove
SHAWN Bowen’s 80-metre try-scoring run electrified the Mossman Port Douglas Sharks in the closing stages of their encounter with the Kangaroos on Saturday night, swinging the momentum and pushing the team to a resounding 32-18 win.
The win made it three in a row for the Sharks.
No one at the Sharks can remember the last time the club posted three wins on the trot. Mossman/Port Douglas 32 def Kangaroos 18. Tries: S Bowen 2, E Daniel , J Doolah, R Amber, K Zammataro, N Santarossa. R Amber 2 goals
“Another good win, mate. It’s not bad,” said coach Trevor Cobb.
“I’m not getting carried away but the confidence is there now. Every week we play we’re getting better and better. We’re aiming for a fourth now,” said Cobb, who is mightily pleased with how the young team is developing.
The Sharks are coming together very well – “we’re a work in progress,” says Cobb – and are now sitting third on the league table and looking like finals contenders.
Cobb said the team blooded three new players in the last match and he was impressed with what he saw.
A couple injuries during the match, most notably with Eddie Daniels who did an ankle in the first 10 minutes of the match, saw some new players come in off the beach.
Louis Garner had started on the wing but went to fullback to cover for Eddie and had a blinder of a match. “He played so well he got man of the match,” Cobb said.
Garner came up from the seconds team. He’s 19 and had spent time in the Melbourne Storm development squad before returning to Mossman. He has certainly caught the attention of the coach.
Also outstanding on the night, said Cobb, were captain David Oui, Brett Devito and Joel Marima. Shawn Bowen scored two tries on the night and “he’s playing really well”, said Cobb.
“When the guys see an 80metre sprint from a guy like him it lifts everyone around them,” Cobb said.
With 15 minutes to go, the Kangaroos had gotten to within eight points of the Sharks. Then Bowen did his magic. “It changed the game for us. The momentum swung back to us,” Cobb said
The next match is with second-placed Brothers tomorrow (Friday) at Stan Williams Park, Cairns, starting at 8 pm. Cobb asks for supporters to turn out for the team.
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