Re­serves chas­ing dream fin­ish

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

AF­TER more than a decade with­out a re­serves team the Proser­pine-Whit­sun­day Raiders will look to com­plete a stun­ning re­turn to the Mackay com­pe­ti­tion with a grand fi­nal win this Satur­day.

Player num­bers have been out­stand­ing for the Raiders this sea­son and the depth of their squad’s tal­ent has shown with both the A grade and re­serves team fight­ing it out for the premier­ship against Kut­tabul in Mackay this Satur­day.

Coach Hemi Taukiri paid trib­ute to all the play­ers who have turned out for the re­serves this sea­son and said they are ev­ery chance of up­set­ting the Camel­boks this week­end.

“The char­ac­ter and at­ti­tude of th­ese guys is just in­cred­i­ble. They al­ways turn up to train­ing and put in the hard yards and there is a great ca­ma­raderie be­tween all our play­ers,” he said.

“It’s two and two be­tween us and Kut­tabul this year and both teams are pretty even. They de­serve to be favourites but any­thing can hap­pen in a fi­nal and it all comes down to who wants it the most.”

Taukiri is look­ing for ex­pe­ri­enced heads Terry Saun­ders, Kon Fla­herty and Luke Grif­fiths to lead from the front as the Raiders look to cap a re­mark­able re­turn to the re­serve grade com­pe­ti­tion.

“Ev­ery player needs to stand up and be counted and play their hard­est rugby for 80 min­utes,” he said.

STAND­ING PROUD: Coach Hemi Taukiri, Hugh Mid­dle­ton, Madi­son French, Joshua Hard­cas­tle, Dan Raika, Ben Dray, Matt Sam­mutt, Terry Saun­ders, Matt Worsley, Justin Chen­gody, James Smith, Chris Low, Ol­lie An­drew, (front) Micky Dyring, Sean Con­don, Luke Grif­fiths, Hank Ver­wo­erdt, Tosh Pid­geon, Michael New­man and Bill Cross­ley af­ter their 15-7 win over the Bowen Mud Crabs at the Whit­sun­day Sports Park on Satur­day.

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