Sharks host All Blacks

Teams from the Strait to cen­tral Qld par­tic­i­pate

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Moss­man Port Dou­glas Sharks hosted the Moss­man All Blacks Car­ni­val on Sat­ur­day and Sun­day.

All par­tic­i­pants agreed that it was the best run car­ni­val of the year.

Eight men’s teams from the Tor­res Strait to Char­ters Tow­ers nom­i­nated to play in the round-robin event.

All teams played three games on Sat­ur­day and then all played on Sun­day for a chance to play-off for a spot in ei­ther the sec­ond tier fi­nal or the ma­jor grand fi­nal.

The Moss­man area had two teams in the com­pe­ti­tion – Moss­man and Ju­laymba.

Moss­man were de­feated in the play-off for the ma­jor grand fi­nal by the boys from Hope Vale, the Mala Yabba.

The Ju­laymba side won their game on Sun­day morn­ing and ad­vanced to the sec­ing ond tier fi­nal. Al­though they were nar­rowly de­feated in the fi­nal by Nyubgkul United, the boys all played well con­sider- the sti­fling heat on both days of the car­ni­val.

In the ma­jor grand fi­nal Samu Balas de­feated Mala Yabba in what many de­scribed as the best game of rugby league they had wit­nessed this year.

A ladies team from Moss­man took on the Yarrabah Sea­gals in what was an en­ter­tain­ing game.

Yarrabah ran out win­ners but by the end of the match the Moss­man ladies were hold­ing their own.

The player of the car­ni­val was awarded to cur­rent Moss­man A-grader Ed­die Daniel, who played for the vic­to­ri­ous Samu Balas.

The suc­cess of the week­end was due to the moun­tain of vol­un­teers who not only worked in the lead up to the event but were there all week­end.

Club pres­i­dent Ja­son Fasano thanked all the vol­un­teers, the med­i­cal staff and ref­er­ees and touch judges for their con­tri­bu­tion.

Talks are al­ready un­der­way for next year’s Moss­man All Black’s Car­ni­val as all teams ex­pressed their de­sire to re­turn again in 2017.

The boys all played well con­sid­er­ing the sti­fling heat on both days

Pic­ture: LUKAS TEAS­DALE

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