Sharks take surprising loss against Tully
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.
Ralph Marama for the Sharks