Sharks ready to bite
Team focused on Brothers after Mareeba loss
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.
“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.
Strong tackling by the Sharks featured in their match against top fancies Mareeba last weekend.