Undefeated Raiders are on the verge of rugby history in 2014
THE Whitsunday Raiders are on the verge of history, with just three matches remaining in the home-andaway season.
The Raiders have conquered all who have come before them this year, remaining unbeaten through nine matches.
Kuttabul was the last team to achieve the feat, dominating the 2012 Mackay and Districts Rugby Union season but the perfect record hasn’t been replicated for Whitsunday since 1985.
The 1992 Raiders infamously won every game in the regular season, before losing the grand final with a missed kick.
However the current Whitsunday crop is firmly fixed on the present, steeling themselves for an undoubtedly testing finals campaign.
“We’re trying to make sure we get a few good hit outs before finals and really get a roll going,” Raiders stand-in coach Kon Flaherty said.
“There’s a lot of competition for finals sports. We’ve got a big squad, and with no reserves, there are a lot looking to consolidate positions.”
Saturday will see the Raiders host Wests at the Whitsunday Sportspark from 4.30pm.
The match will mark the first occasion Wests, a new club in the Mackay and Districts Rugby Union competition, will play in the Whitsundays.
“They are a new team who has been struggling for numbers,” Flaherty said.
“But they’ve shown they can be dangerous, especially in back field.”
In other rugby news, young gun Jack Kearns was named best on ground during the Under-15 State Championships clash against Darling Downs in Cairns.
The 15-year-old led North Queensland to a gutsy 14-12 victory.
WINNING WAYS: Jack Raitt, centre, and the Whitsunday Raiders are on the verge of an undefeated season. Here Raitt is pictured taking on Mackay Brothers a fortnight ago.