Sharks take sur­pris­ing loss against Tully

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

ON Satur­day night the Moss­man Sharks were de­feated by Tully 30-20 in a game that if they had won would have as­sured them a spot in the semi­fi­nals.

The three hour trip to Tully was telling for the Sharks as it took them al­most 60 min­utes of the game to start to look like the team that has knocked off two front-run­ners in the com­pe­ti­tion in re­cent weeks.

The Sharks fin­ished over the top of their op­po­nents but it was not enough to se­cure the win.

Poor ball han­dling and de­fen­sive lapses early in the game proved costly in the fi­nal re­sult but a strong fin­ish holds the Sharks in good stead for their must-win home game against the sec­ond placed Ivan­hoes on Fri­day night.

The home-ground ad­van­tage will be a bonus for the Sharks as they al­ways lift in front of their vo­cal home crowd.

Coach James Doolah said the loss to Tully was not ideal but with the tal­ented line-up the Sharks have they are still on track for a spot in the semis with a win on Fri­day night.

The re­serve grade were beaten but most of the boys played two games hav­ing to top up a de­pleted C grade who were short of play­ers due to work com­mit­ments.

The C grade were suc­cess­ful and will fin­ish on top of the ta­ble.

Games on Fri­day night at the Moss­man Show­grounds will see C grade start at 5.30pm, Re­serve grade at 7pm and A grade at 8.30pm.

Pic­ture: BEV STORY

Ralph Marama for the Sharks

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