News

Cities no match for Whitsunday's raid

DEFENCE: Raider Tom Humphreys goes for a tackle against Mackay Cities on Saturday.
DEFENCE: Raider Tom Humphreys goes for a tackle against Mackay Cities on Saturday. Dane Lillingstone

RUGBY UNION: Despite beating top-of-the-table Mackay City, Whitsunday Raiders coach Kon Flaherty is not reading too much into his side's win.

"We still need to see if we can compete against the big teams down in Mackay and prove that we can go all the way,” he said.

"Cities is still the team to beat.”

Raiders beat Cities 21-17 in the Saturday showdown at Whitsunday Sportspark.

It was a tough game that was tight throughout, with the Raiders only feeling comfortable after gaining a two-try lead in the 70th minute.

"They looked the better team for the first 60 minutes,” Flaherty said.

"The last 20 we took a bit more control and got a couple tries. Our belief lifted us to another level.”

Flaherty said it was a team effort that showed his team's commitment across the full 80 minutes.

"It was a really good game to watch,” he said.

"Boris Fournials kicked really well to get us out of trouble and Madison French played really well in the middle.”

The win sees Whitsunday now tied first at the top of the Mackay and District rugby union ladder with Cities.

The Raiders will return to the Whitsunday Sportspark to take on Brothers this weekend but are then facing tough away trips to Mackay over the next month.


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Fun day's a chance for runway revelling

RUNWAY EVENT: Mayor Andrew Willcox on the Whitsunday Coast Airport runway last week.

EVER wanted to sit in the cockpit of a Russian World War Two plane?

Taking on a clipper

Nigel 'Jack' Pemberton.

Nigel Pemberton is preparing for a bucket list feat.

Apprentice through the looking glass to awards

TALENT: Thomas McGrath is in the running to be Australian Apprentice of the Year.

Thomas McGrath-Ashton has beaten more than 83 apprentices.

Local Partners

Princess Diana: How an Aussie's story made her cry

The Country Fire Service volunteer had been caught in the raging inferno that killed 75 people and became known as the Ash Wednesday bushfires.

Jonathan LaPaglia takes you inside Australian Survivor s2

Jonathan LaPaglia in a scene from season two of Australian Survivor.

Strategy plays key role as castaways seek to make savvy moves.

Bachelor Recap: Matty’s stunning public rejection

Chic.

Last night we saw humiliation at its best

NZ anchor drops F-bomb live on air

Veteran news anchor Eric Young has been caught uttering an expletive.

Veteran NZ newsreader swears on live television

The Block's family home rescue mission

Scott Cam hosts the TV series The Block.

Reno show's new concept proves its biggest challenge to date.

Angelina Jolie 4.0: Is anyone buying this?

Angelina Jolie, master media manipulator, is back.

Love The Bachelor and a feminist? Sorry, you can't be both

These 22 women trying to win Matty's heart... but at what cost? (Pic: Channel 10)

Tans will be sprayed. Roses will be distributed. Tears will be shed.

Hearty food for cold nights

Boneless lamb shoulder roast with crushed kipflers.

RECIPES: Two tasty lamb dishes to try this winter

How one man made more than $20m in a land deal

Varsity Lakes

Sale, with GST added, shows as a $26.4 million transaction

Open for inspection homes 27 July - 2 August

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection.

Beers, spirits and 131 years of history up for grabs

The 131-year-old General Gordon Hotel is on the market with all of its quirks included.

Pub with good beer and "lovely food” for sale 20 minutes from town

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!