Sharks ready to bite

Team fo­cused on Broth­ers af­ter Ma­reeba loss

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Moss­man Port Dou­glas Sharks are look­ing to play hard but fair against Broth­ers at home this week­end af­ter cop­ping a raft of in­juries and bad luck.

Se­niors coach, James Doolah, said he hopes his boys can take con­trol of the game.

“We want to play our own game and try to keep con­trol through speed and our tack­les,” he said.

“I think we do have a good chance, we have that ex­pe­ri­ence through the mid­dle with MOSS­MAN PORT DOU­GLAS v Broth­ers, Moss­man Show­grounds, 6pm. Re­serves: 4.30pm.

our for­wards.

“Broth­ers is a good young fit side and they’ll play hard for the full 90 min­utes but it would be great to get a win over the week­end.”

Doolah hopes veteran props, Patty Whap, Matty Bon and Billy Sege­yaro, who are an es­sen­tial part of the team, in­flu­ence the younger play­ers.

“They’ve all been play­ing the game for a while and if they can stand up and show their strengths we should go re­ally well,” he said

“It’ll be nice to see a crowd get­ting be­hind us this week­end, that’ll lift the boys spir­its.”

There will be a few changes to the line up this week­end with for­ward Bruce Joseph out for the sea­son with a bro­ken arm and Dougy Parks who hurt his an­kle mak­ing his A grade de­but.

“There could be a few new faces on the field brought up from re­serve grade,” Doolah said.

“If the for­wards can do their job they should in­flu­ence and in­spire the younger play­ers.”

Last week the Sharks faced off with Ma­reeba los­ing 38 to 10 with a brawl to sound the fi­nal whis­tle.

“I was very ashamed and not happy with how the game last week fin­ished, it got very scrappy and it’s not the way my boys play and its not the way I like to play,” he said.

“Billy Sege­yaro was truly apolo­getic and it was un­like him to do what he did.

“With the boys that I had I was just very happy with the way the com­peted against Ma­reeba who are num­ber two on the lad­der.

“Dougy Parks showed out­stand­ing ef­fort, he got the play­ers’ player award and made a great front row de­but.

The Sharks’ Bert Whap is due to face the CDRL tri­bunal tonight for his in­volve­ment in the brawl that re­sulted in the match be­ing called off early.

Pic­ture: LUKAS TEASDALE

Strong tack­ling by the Sharks fea­tured in their match against top fan­cies Ma­reeba last week­end.

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