Sharks thump Ivanhoes

Moss­man look­ing to chal­lenge top Cairns team

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Gizelle Ghidella

THE Moss­man/Port Dou­glas Sharks have im­proved dra­mat­i­cally since their last en­counter with one of CDRL’s top sides Cairns Broth­ers, who they face on Saturday.

Last time the two teams faced off Broth­ers came out on top but not with­out a fight from the Sharks.

Moss­man coach Jason Chilman said the boys will have to put in all their ef­fort.

“We’re go­ing in with a game plan, if we do the right things

in de­fence we can score points off the back of that,” he said.

“We’ve seen their play­ing style and we can pre­pare for that. Broth­ers have a good de­fence but if we find their weak points and break those edges we should be able to put points on the board.

“We will just have to be on our game in both our for­ward and back line.

“Broth­ers are a tough side, they’re con­tenders for the pre­mier­ship but we’re up for chal­leng­ing that.”

Jason said the whole team has gelled and he’s seen a lot of self-im­prove­ment from in­di­vid­ual play­ers.

Last week­end the Ivanhoes copped a thrash­ing from the Sharks, 56 to 10.

“I didn’t ex­pect the mar­gin to be that big.

“I was qui­etly con­fi­dent we were go­ing to win but the boys came in and blew them off the park,” Jason said.

“Our for­wards mus­cled up and Noel Un­der­wood played great in the back­line and Stan­ley Anau did what he does best.”

Coach Chilman said com­ing off such a win has fired up the team for this week­end.

The Sharks fielded five re­serve play­ers to fill miss­ing spots due to in­juries last week.

“We brought Lyle Murgha up and all the whole team we fielded on that day got the job done,” Jason said.

“The Re­serves are do­ing re­ally well, the whole club is.

“A lot of pre­vi­ous play­ers who won the pre­mier­ship, at the re­union last week, said it’s been a while since Moss­man has been in the top five, es­pe­cially so late in the sea­son.

“It all comes down to the hard work of the team and now we’re back in third place on the lad­der, I hope we can stay there.”

UP NEXT: Moss­man/Port Dou­glas Sharks v Cairns Broth­ers 3pm at Stan Wil­liams Park, Be­han St, Saturday, June 30.

Pic­ture: RICK MOYER

Stan­ley Anau on the burn­ers to score a try against the Ivanhoes at the Moss­man Show­grounds

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