RAIDERS RUGBY UNION IN TWO GRAND FINALS
AFTER the heartbreak of last season’s controversial grand final loss to the Kuttabul Camelboks, the Proserpine-Whitsunday Raiders are out for redemption this Saturday.
A grade captain Trent Elson has served the team for the last eight years and this is his least season.
He is imploring his teammates to leave nothing out on the paddock as they chase their first premiership for the club in 13 years.
“A lot of our players who were involved in the grand final loss last year have hung around for an extra year to get a shot at redemption. The way we lost was very disappoint- ing and now we are out to make history,” he said.
“Our club went from being a relatively strong club to folding three years ago as the recession took hold but we have come back even stronger. The club hasn’t had a reserves team for 10 years and to have both teams in the grand final this season shows that we have come a long way.”
Elson will lead from the front as his forward pack looks to set a platform for potential game breakers Shannon Wolland and Martin Roveda. “I want the team to have no regrets after the final on Saturday. You don’t want to sit on the bus on the way home thinking that you could have done more,” he said.
“It would be a great win for our club and the town and we need to leave it all on the paddock.”
Elson praised the work of all the club’s support staff this year and thanked their volunteers for their work helping to set up and in the canteen for home games. The reserves kick off at the rugby grounds in Mackay at 2pm, followed by the A grade game at 4pm
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Martin Barreneche, 27, back/forwards, versatile, tough and gutsy.
Mark Kellett, 25, centre/wing, offers 100 per cent and deceptive.
Dom Croker, 25, utility back, champion club man and versatile.
Trent Elson (c), 32, flanker, experienced gutsy leader
Shannon Wolland, 29, half back, best of the best, key man
Leam Williams, 22, hooker, big stamina, solid performer
Terry Saunders, 22, lock/No. 8, brings strength and stability
Hemi Taukiri (coach), 40, globetrotting all skills given