Battered Raiders at home
By Courtney Osborne
WITH just enough players to make a full union team, the Whitsunday Raiders didn't have the best possible start against Keas in last Saturday's game in Mackay, scoring more injuries than points. Coach David Telford said even though the Raiders lost 17 to 3, the team showed a fair bit of heart on the field, and if it wasn't for some desperate scrambling defence it could have been worse. Telford said many players continued even though they were injured. "And if some of that commitment could rub off onto the other players in our squad, we could be in a for a good year." Telford said new player Mark Ross put in a great effort despite being under put in a great effort despite being under constant pressure from the big Keas pack. "He handled the scrappy ball from the lineout and scrums very well." To make things even worse, he said chief play maker and five-eighth Luke Griffiths injured his shoulder about 30 minutes into the game. "That had a huge impact on the team as he usually calls all the shots. "To Luke's credit, he kept playing on the wing just so we could keep the full team on the field." Other impressive players were Hamish Vickerman and Dan Hall working hard all day. Telford said Brad Yeo was also solid in defence and made some big hits that forced mistakes. He said although last week was disappointing, the team was looking forward to this Saturday's home game against the Kuttabul Camelboks at the sports park in Jubilee Pocket. "I hope the extra week's training will help the team gel and I would be looking for the forwards to really stand up against the big Kutabul pack." He said Kuttabul are one of the form teams and the Raiders will have to step up to have a chance.