Un­de­feated Raiders are on the verge of rugby his­tory in 2014

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

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.

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