Turtles crack Crabs in skil­ful dis­play

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ben Leahy

Hed­land’s Flat­back Turtles AFL Mas­ters team came out of their shells this month to de­feat ri­vals the Kar­ratha Mud­crabs in a sur­pris­ingly en­er­getic and skil­ful dis­play of over-35s footy.

The Turtles laid their flip­pers on the win­ner’s tro­phy after out­last­ing the Mud­crabs over four quar­ters of hard footy at Port Hed­land’s Colin Mathe­son Oval.

Bol­stered by a host of new faces, the Turtles used their large squad to reg­u­larly in­ter­change play­ers and stretch the fit­ness of the trav­el­ling Mud­crabs, who had lim­ited re­serves.

While mas­ters footy fo­cuses as much on the so­cial beer after the game as the ac­tion on the field, the Turtles cel­e­brated long and hard after the win, hav­ing been crushed by their crus­tacean op­po­nents in last year’s games.

The Mud­crabs will be keen to avenge the loss when the two teams play again in Kar­ratha later this year.

The Flat­backs will face a vis­it­ing Broome mas­ters side next month as well as an in­ter­na­tional rules clash against Port Hed­land’s Gaelic footy side, the Hed­land Gaels.

The Turtles train Mon­days at Colin Mathe­son Oval and are look­ing to hold a sec­ond train­ing night in South Hed­land.

All are wel­come to come along, in­clud­ing those with dodgy ham­strings, crook backs and no skills.

Check out the Hed­land AFL Mas­ters — the Flat­back Turtles Face­book group for more in­for­ma­tion.

Pic­tures: Ben Leahy

Shane Beros roves the footy from a cen­tre bounce.

Flat­back Shane Beros gets great ground clear­ances as he takes a strong grab.

South Hed­land Swans vet­eran Shane Beros suited up showed his grace with this wob­bly pirou­ette.

Flat­back cap­tain Joel Cor­nelius.

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