Raiders see red after forfeits
CLUB officials and fans of the Proserpine-Whitsunday Raiders were left furious on the weekend when Mackay Brothers failed to turn up for the scheduled reserve grade and A grade matches.
With an old boys player reunion and two games of rugby on the cards, Saturday should have been a huge day at the Whitsunday Sports Park however Brothers ended up forfeiting both matches.
Players and fans were left bitterly disappointed but managed to put together two teams with the Raiders taking on a combined Bowen/Raiders team.
One of the strengths the Raiders have had in 2012 is that they train like they play, with little love on the field but great camaraderie off it.
At the end of the day the Raiders team ran away winners with 11 tries and three conversions for 78 points.
Highlights included the short return to the field of club faithful Trent Elson and Jon Fatu comically dropping the ball over the line.
Blistering young Bowen winger Sean Doherty impressed with some strong running and Reg Andison scored out wide showing he's lost nothing.
Zac Foxlee at loose forward impressed for the Raiders as did new recruit Jake Kercher, and the return of Daniel Raika was also a welcome sight.
The Raiders have a bye this weekend due to the sevens tournament being held in Mackay as a part of the North Queensland Games.
With two weeks now until their next game, the Raiders will have to work hard in training to stay sharp before they take on Mackay City in Mackay on Saturday, June 23.
In other rugby news, the under-13 representative team received a welcome fundraising boost on Sunday.
The Legget family donated the prize money they won from the club's raffle straight back to the team.
The under-13s are heading off to Tieri for the Tieri Rugby Muster next month to compete against teams from right across the country.