Sharks down #1 team

Now for Tully and a spot for Moss­man in fi­nals

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Moss­man Sharks A grade were sen­sa­tional on Satur­day night with a 28-24 win over the top-of-the-ta­ble In­n­is­fail Leprechauns.

In­n­is­fail had only lost one game this sea­son un­til Satur­day night when they came up against a de­ter­mined Sharks out­fit who matched them in ev­ery depart­ment.

In­n­is­fail who boast for­mer North­ern Pride play­ers and are coached by Cow­boys and Queens­land legend,

Ty Wil­liams, never got in front of the Sharks and were made to work hard for ev­ery point.

Their de­fence was tested time and time again with re­lent­less at­tack­ing raids from the Sharks.

Rob­bie Am­ber opened the scor­ing with a penalty and soon af­ter Bert Whap added to the tally with a bril­liant oneon-one steal to score un­der the posts.

Karl Zam­mataro was next to score af­ter find­ing a hole in the In­n­is­fail de­fen­sive line from a pass from lock Daryl Light­ning.

Moss­man’s de­fence was again solid, only let­ting their more fan­cied ri­vals in for one try in the first half, and with Am­ber con­vert­ing both tries Moss­man went into the half­time break lead­ing 14-6.

Moss­man cap­tain David Oui was first to score in the sec­ond stanza with one of his trade­mark busts.

In­n­is­fail were next to score but when winger Demilio Den­man went over in the corner to make it 24-12 Moss­man looked to have the game sewn up, but In­n­is­fail came back to score twice to level the score.

With two min­utes left on the clock it looked like the game was headed for a draw, but some bril­liance from half­back Rob­bie Am­ber re­sulted in dy­namic cen­tre Khaele Bowen’s match-win­ning try in the corner, to the de­light of the vo­cal home crowd.

Coach James Doolah heaped praise on his troops for a solid 80-minute ef­fort but stressed that the job is not yet done.

The Re­serve grade again played well to earn a 28-all draw.

Coach Mark Dau was happy with their ef­fort and de­pend­ing on other re­sults they may still be a chance of play­ing semi-fi­nal foot­ball.

The Moss­man Sharks have not lost a game in any grade for four weeks.

This Satur­day the Sharks travel to Tully for the sec­ond last game of the reg­u­lar sea­son.

A win for the A grade Sharks will al­most cer­tainly earn them a spot in the fi­nals.

Go the Sharks.

Pic­ture: LUKAS TEASDALE

Karl Zam­mataro, Paddy Whap, James Doolah, Billy Sege­yaro, Khaele Bowen, Ralph Marama (back)

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