Sharks show their class
Gritty win over Bros — now for top dogs Innisfail!
THE Mossman Port Douglas Sharks seniors had the perfect run up to this weekend’s match against competition favourites Innisfail with their staunch win over Brothers last Friday – the improving Sharks’ fourth win on the trot.
Brothers had been sitting second on the ladder, behind Innisfail, but have now yielded that spot to Mossman, whose fighting 14-12 win confirmed the team’s prospects as finals contenders. Seniors: Sharks def Brothers 14-12 Reserves: Brothers def Sharks 40-24 Seconds: Sharks def Brothers 24-16
Coach Trevor Cobb underscored the team’s defensive effort, which he said was a huge factor in the win and was something that the Sharks had been working on very strongly.
The Sharks needed it in the last half as they held on to a slender lead.
The Brothers got the jump on the Sharks in the opening moments of the match.
“Brothers came out firing and they scored the first try,” said Cobb.
“We completed really well and came back and made it four all at half time, and that’s where it stayed,” Cobb said.
“After half time Brothers put another try on us and made it 8-4.
“We made a comeback halfway through the second half with a couple of tries and jumped out to 12-8, and we got a penalty goal with Robbie Amber’s kick that made it 14-8.
“Then Brothers scored with 15 minutes to go and made it 14 points to their 12. We had to hold them out, but our defence was really solid.
“Karl Zammataro was one of the stand outs in defence, working really hard, and so was Brett Divito. The game was won by our good, solid defensive work which we had worked on a lot at training, and that’s really key.
“When you look at it, our last three or four games we have been keeping teams under 20 and if we can do that we have enough good players who can score points and that will do the job.
“That’s what we’ve been working on,” Cobb said.
“A lot of coaches will say that defence will always win the game.”
Cobb said team discipline had picked up “100 per cent – in the past our discipline had let us down, we put teams under pressure and then we let them off by giving a penalty.
“We’ve stopped doing that – stopped giving away penalties.
“It’s about playing for the team and not being selfish.”
The next match is at Callendar Park on Saturday.
Mossman Sharks seniors – four wins in a row