OCTOBER LONG WEEKEND 2020
MOSSMANIACS / Round 3 of the Suncity Enduro Dirtbike Series was held in Mossman over the weekend, with the Mossmaniacs 5 Hour Pony Express. Riders from all over the State battled it out on a tough and challenging track built on the outskirts of Mossman by local Jason Dwyer and crew.
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GALLERY: Image Credit Martin Burcombe
PORT DOUGLAS CROCS AFL / A home game at the Port Douglas Sporting Complex saw an absolute thrashing by Cairn ALF’s top-of-the -ladder Port Douglas Crocs. The Reserves defeated v North Cairns 155, 0 while the Seniors defeated North Cairns 218, 9.
In the Seniors competition, Port Douglas are sitting on top of the ladder with 52 points, followed by Cairns Saints on 40 points. Round 14, next week, sees the Crocs up against the Manunda Hawks at Cazalys, Saturday 10 October at 5pm.
PORT DOUGLAS REEF RAIDERS/ Port Douglas Reef Raiders defeated the newly reformed Wanderers 29-24 to take home the 2020 Premiership in the A-Grade Rugby Union Final at Barlow Park in Cairns on Saturday.
A penalty goal secured the match for the Raiders in the dying stages of the game, a fitting finish for an incredibly close season.
FNQ Rugby Player of the Season Award was shared by team captain Jack Murday and Juan Dillon. Juan was also awarded Best on Ground. FNQ Rugby top points scorer went to Tomas Venter. Travis Gooch was fittingly recognised as FNQ Rugby Coach of the Year for 2020.
In their second year under the wing of coach Travis Gooch, the Club scooped the pool, winning the Premiers, Minor Premiership and Hambo 10s Championships.
Tries were scored by William Brown, Dylan Leahy, Trazane Cobb and Cole Watson, while Tomas Venter added to the points score with three conversions and one penalty.
Celebrations for the Raiders continued well into the long weekend….
Just four minutes into the game, Wanderers forward, Joshtel Penso Charlie broke his ankle, with the game delayed for half an hour while he was taken off to hospital. Joshtel is back at home and will be undergoing surgery later this week.
GALLERY: Image Credit Joanne Cowe
KHANACROSS & MOTORKHANA / Douglas Shire Motor Sport Association Inc. held Round 10 of the 2020 Club Championship and Round 2 of the 2020 InterClub Challenge this weekend, as well as a Khanacross and Junior Motorkhana.
Held ahe Reef and Rainforest Track at North Mossman, the family-oriented event kicked off at noon on Saturday and finished on Sunday afternoon. The event promotes motor sport in the region in a responsible manner at legal venues with a strong emphasis on driver education, family participation and community spirit. Lots of friendly battle and laughter were enjoyed over the weekend, with Rick Ranscombe from the FNQ Club winning a tie breaker narrowly against local legend, Heath Barry for the InterClub honours.
FOOTBALL / On Tuesday night the Douglas United Dragons travelled to Southside to play the Comets after having two weeks off because of a bye then a forfeit, scheduled as a home game for the Dragons but their field unavailable due to Rugby Union training.
With the Dragons sitting top of the League and the Comets at the bottom, it was a game the Dragons expected to win. The second placed side on the ladder is nipping at the heels of the Dragons, so this is a must-win game and they prevailed 3-1. A scrappy game, the Dragons getting the points but, in the process losing their Captain and defender Ben Syrett ,who suffered a badly rolled ankle.
On Friday night the Dragons again travelled to Cairns, this time facing the fourth placed side Marlin Coast Rangers. For the Rangers this is a must-win game to stay in the top four, and qualify for the finals. The last time these two sides met it ended up a 1-1 draw in a spiteful game, Dragons, at one stage playing with nine men having a player sent off early in the game and another sin-binned for 10 minutes. The Dragons are sitting two points clear at the top of the ladder, losing would see them overtaken by Mareeba who are sitting second and have already got their three points because their opposition forfeited.
A very good win for the Dragons, one of the best efforts of the season so far, they were deserved winners dominating the game and creating plenty of chances. This puts the Dragons two points clear at the top of the League, next week and the last game before finals, the Dragons face the second-placed side, Mareeba. This game will decide the minor Premiership, it will also decide who travels to Townsville to play for the Crad Evans Trophy.
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