Mud­crabs turn Tur­tle in vets clash

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ben Leahy

Hed­land’s Flat­back Turtles vet­eran Aussie Rules play­ers turned back the clock last week­end in a daz­zling dis­play of run­ning footy as they handed out a 51-point thrash­ing to their Kar­ratha Mud­crabs ri­vals.

De­spite lin­ing up on the Mud­crabs’ home turf at the Leisure­plex oval, the Turtles jumped out of the blocks first and never looked back in the 11.11 (77) to 2.4 (26) vic­tory.

Paul Box set the tone for the Turtles when he thumped his side’s first goal from nearly 50m out, de­spite an un­named team­mate shout­ing to him that he would never make the dis­tance and why not kick it here in­stead.

Roused by Box’s ham­string-pop­ping roost, the Turtles swarmed in num­bers with half-backs Damien Cas­son and Shane Beros lead­ing the way.

The Turtles’ onslaught meant the Mud­crabs were kept goal­less go­ing into half-time, de­spite the Kar­ratha ruck pair­ing of Gareth Michael and Rod White, as well as Phil Arnott fight­ing hard for the home side.

A half-time ral­ly­ing cry from Mud­crabs cap­tain Justin Fromm saw Kar­ratha hit the score­board more of­ten in the sec­ond half, but it was not enough to stop the Turtles from con­tin­u­ing to kick away to vic­tory.

Si­mon Daw­son and Travis Gow­land were im­por­tant up for­ward and in the ruck for the Turtles, while for­mer West Aus­tralian Football League trio Cas­son, Beros and Joel Cor­nelius pro­vided lead­er­ship around the ground.

But per­haps more telling was the abil­ity of the en­tire Turtles ros­ter to get in­volved and pro­vide run and carry op­tions.

With the Mud­crabs hand­ing the Turtles a spank­ing in both Masters AFL clashes last year, the Turtles’ two vic­to­ries over Kar­ratha this year were roundly toasted by the Hed­land boys after the game.

But with Masters footy be­ing more a so­cial day out than about the ac­tion on the field, ev­ery­one was a win­ner on the day.

And with both clubs likely to con­tinue to kick the footy around at train­ing for a month or two yet, any in­ter­ested play­ers are wel­come to join in, whether they have dodgy ham­strings, crook backs or no skills.

Check out the Hed­land AFL Masters — the Flat­back Turtles or Kar­ratha Mud­crabs Facebook groups for more in­for­ma­tion.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Per­era

Flat­back Turtles’ Si­mon Daw­son chases down Mud­crabs’ Mark Spence.

Flat­back Turtles’ Ben Leahy gath­ers the ball.

Flat­back Turtles’ Damien Cas­son looks for a team­mate.

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