Raiders farewell Riley with a win
DEPARTING Proserpine/ Whitsunday Raiders player Blair Riley sounded off his season with a 22-14 win over the Bowen Mudcrabs at the Whitsunday Sports Park on Friday night.
With the A grade team having a bye, coach Hemi Taukiri fielded a strong team that helped Riley finish his Raiders career with a win before jetting off to Western Australia
The Raiders reserves began poorly and Bowen scored in the second minute before a slick backline move saw winger Santiago Dominguez put Martin Roveda over to level the scores.
A Roveda penalty on half- time saw the Raiders lead 10-7 and second-rower Martin Barreneche scored two minutes into the second half to give his side a 17-7 lead following another Roveda conversion.
The Mudcrabs hit back with a try of their own before Raiders open side flanker Sean Condon closed the contest with a try in the 62nd minute.
Blair Riley led from the front and as a captain did a great job to help ensure his last game on home soil would be a win.
Matt Sammut, Leam Williams, Bill Pratt, Chris Low, Tom Dray, Ollie Andrew and Bill Crossley were competitive in the tight five securing lineouts and setting a strong enough platform at scrum time.
The backline was well controlled by five-eighth Dom Croker taking ball from halves Justin Chengody and Luc Boyer.
The backline also impressed with their work ethic throughout the game.
This Saturday is shaping as a huge day for the club with both the reserves and the A graders taking on their bitter rivals, the Kuttabul Camelboks.
The games are being played at the North Mackay Lions soccer grounds and supporters are welcome to the reserves game at 2pm and the main game between the top two A grade teams at 3.30pm.
ON THE ATTACK: Raiders forward Blair Riley charges downfield for the Raiders reserves against the Bowen Mudcrabs on Friday night.