Sharks make it three

Home team look­ing good as play­ers find groove

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Shane Ni­chols

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.

Pic­ture: LUKAS TEASDALE

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