Sharks host All Blacks
Teams from the Strait to central Qld participate
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
Peter Tuccandidgee weaves through defence