Raiders test them­selves in Townsville

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RUGBY UNION

AHEAD of their first game of the sea­son next week­end the Whit­sun­day Raiders en­joyed their first hit-out of the pre-sea­son last week­end.

The Mackay and Dis­tricts Rugby Union reign­ing premiers of the past two years trav­elled to Townsville on Satur­day to play four quar­ters against Townsville’s Teach­ers West.

“It was hard to get ev­ery­one to com­mit but we got a team out there and ev­ery­one was pretty keen for a game, es­pe­cially dur­ing the pre-sea­son,” Raiders’ Ron Cro­ker said.

“It was good to see ev­ery­one’s fit­ness and to see how the team is look­ing. It was good to see how the se­nior play­ers worked with team and [I was] im­pressed with a few.”

Cro­ker was named best back for the day while club pres­i­dent Matt Sam­mut won the best for­ward award.

The Mackay and Dis­tricts Rugby Union fix­ture is yet to be con­firmed for 2015, but the Raiders are ex­pected to begin their cam­paign on March 14 in Mackay against City Red­skins.

Be­fore that grand fi­nal re­play, Whit­sun­day is hop­ing to “get our set pieces to­gether”, ac­cord­ing to Cro­ker.

To achieve that the Raiders will host a game of beach rugby this week­end.

“Ev­ery­one’s in­vited and we are still try­ing to re­cruit more play­ers,” Cro­ker said.

“We’ve got two grades go­ing this year so there are plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties and we’re look­ing for any­one who’s in­ter­ested.” The Whit­sun­day Raiders train at the Whit­sun­day Sportspark ev­ery Tues­day and Thurs­day from 6pm. For in­for­ma­tion visit the club’s Face­book page at www.face­book.com/ Whit­sun­dayRaider­sRug­byUnion.

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