Sharks clinch triumph
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.
Billy Quaid's first grand final in 21 years