BRAVING THE ELEMENTS: Proserpine-Whitsunday Raiders players Brad Gardner, Bill Pratt, Matt Sammut, Jason Leis, Jim Cochrane, Brook Cadwallader, Dom Crocker, Sean Condon and Jordon Bamford braved the rain on Friday for training at the Whitsunday Sports Park.
Photo Aimee Vinci / Whitsunday Times
BRAVING THE ELEMENTS: Proserpine-Whitsunday Raiders players Brad Gardner, Bill Pratt, Matt Sammut, Jason Leis, Jim Cochrane, Brook Cadwallader, Dom Crocker, Sean Condon and Jordon Bamford braved the rain on Friday for training at the Whitsunday Sports Park. Photo Aimee Vinci / Whitsunday Times

Raiders brave the rain at training

PROSERPINE-WHITSUNDAY Raiders braved the cold, wet and windy conditions last week for training with their new coach Hemi Taukiri.

Originally from New Zealand Taukiri brings with him years of coaching and playing experience from across the world that he hopes will prove useful for the Whitsunday club.

He hopes to turn the Raiders into a competitive force and plans to get the team into the top four for the finals out of the six teams in this year's competition.

While many would have been intimidated by the blusterous conditions, Taukiri had the markers lined up and players out on the field putting in 100 per cent.

Player numbers are looking strong for this year's season, with anyone interested in strapping on their boots welcome to join the club.

Players must be 18-years and over to play, with young guns Zach Foxlee and Theunis Nieuwoudt joining the senior ranks for this year's season. Raiders are busy preparing for trial games against other teams in the comp as well as for the Bowen Mudcrabs Magee Cup.

The first pre-season game will be held on Friday, March 30 at the Whitsunday Sports Park against Bowen from 7pm.

The Magee Cup has been played between clubs since the early 1980's when both clubs first formed.

Raiders training is held on Wednesday and Friday nights from 6pm at the Whitsunday Sports Park.


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