UNLEASH THE RAIDERS: Whitsunday Raiders captain Luke Griffiths passing it wide in his sides 34-12 loss.
UNLEASH THE RAIDERS: Whitsunday Raiders captain Luke Griffiths passing it wide in his sides 34-12 loss.

Raiders lose season opener

THE Whitsunday Raiders lost their opening match of the season 34-12 to the Mackay City Redman at Whitsunday Sports Park on Saturday.

The Raiders match was part of a triple header at the ground which saw the Bowen Mudcrabs also play their fixtures in the Whitsundays.

The Raiders were always on the back foot in their match with the Redman scoring their opening try in the opening minute of the match.

Despite the poor start, the Raiders bounced back with Matthew Marks and Jack Loft the stand-outs.

Although the Raiders pegged their way back and made a match of the encounter, captain Luke Griffiths said he was disappointed with his side's performance.

He said a poor turn out to training in the lead up to the match meant a win was always going to be hard to achieve.

“I'm not happy at all,” he said.

“We only had four blokes turn up at training.

“If we want to do anything this year we have to get to training.

“The comp is so open, you only have to compete for 18 weeks.”

Griffiths said the Raiders would look to enhance their dedication over the next few weeks, before their next match on May 7.


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