Sharks clinch tri­umph

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Moss­man Sharks C Grade has bro­ken the drought for the club win­ning the grand fi­nal 22-20 in a nail biter that went right down to the wire.

Their op­po­nents, Kan­ga­roos, never gave up with some struc­tured at­tack but in the end the Sharks’ de­fence was far too good with some solid shots re­sult­ing in Kan­ga­roos mis­takes.

The 200-plus Moss­man crowd cheered the boys home for the whole 70 min­utes.

The pace of the game was one of the quick­est C Grade matches in liv­ing mem­ory and had fans from both sides on the edge of their seats.

Young­ster Kienan Gro­gan was named Best on Ground in a blis­ter­ing dis­play of foot­work and some solid try-sav­ing tack­les.

Jon Collinson was again the best for­ward on the pad­dock, but the whole Moss­man pack kept com­ing at the Roos’ de­fence all game, open­ing it up for their flashy backs.

Player coach Gary Mackay led by ex­am­ple with con­stant hit-ups and some pun­ish­ing de­fence.

Co-coach Dan Hober who did not play due to nig­gling in­juries was fault­less in his tac­ti­cal ad­vice and man­ag­ing his in­ter­change.

The ded­i­ca­tion of Gary and Dan to this side was what got them over the line.

They al­ways be­lieved they could win the com­pe­ti­tion with the mix of youth and ex­pe­ri­ence they pos­sessed and the pos­i­tive na­ture of their coach­ing made the boys want to play good foot­ball for them.

All play­ers played well and the fact that this team is lit­tered with young stars shows a bright fu­ture for the Moss­man Sharks.

Gary and Dan thank the many fans that have sup­ported them all sea­son and also the tire­less ef­forts of the ded­i­cated com­mit­tee.

They also thank the play­ers who played all sea­son but un­for­tu­nately missed the grand fi­nal be­cause of in­jury. Sport can be cruel.

With A Grade miss­ing the semis by one win, the ever im­prov­ing Re­serve Grade and the cham­pion premier­ship win­ning C Grade side the Moss­man Port Dou­glas Se­nior Sharks are look­ing for­ward to a promis­ing 2017.

The pre­sen­ta­tion night will be on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 8, at the Ex­change Ho­tel, Moss­man.

Go the mighty Sharks.

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