Ju­nior Crocs

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE un­der 8 Crocs played a great game and also helped out Pyra­mid Power who were short of play­ers. Great team ef­fort by the boys, and Ethan Bakker and Casey West kicked fan­tas­tic goals.

Goals: Ethan Bakker, Casey West 4, Scotty Cooper 2, Tyson Lynch, Geneva Gil­bert. Awards: Casey West, Ethan Bakker, Scotty Cooper, Tyson Lynch, Geneva Gil­bert.

The Crocs U10s played a rough and tough game against Cities at Trin­ity Beach on Sun­day. Af­ter a slow start the boys re­ally stepped up and played some good hard foot­ball.

There was some great team work and tack­ling right across the ground. Bray­den stood tall and showed great strength to take good marks and kick goals.

Our older play­ers Ben and Char­lie tack­led hard and helped get the ball out to Daniel, Jack, Ryan and Rory who ran hard to get the ball for­ward.

Reuben, Tyson and U8 play­ers Casey and Scott com­bined well to kick goals up for­ward in a fan­tas­tic ef­fort by all the boys. Goal kick­ers were Bray­den 2 Casey 2, Ryan 1 and Scott 1. Awards went to Daniel Davidson, Reuben Al­li­son, Jack Harrington and Bray­den Wall. The boys have a home game next Sun­day.

Fight­ing to stay in the top four, the Crocs U12 side played the num­ber two side for a very hard fought gutsy and de­ter­mined win. Against an older and big­ger side the boys showed great stature and with their usual never say die at­ti­tude they just kept chip­ping away with re­lent­less de­fense which turned to at­tack.

Even though they were al­ways un­der plenty of pres­sure, the boys backed them­selves and their abil­ity to work the ball for­ward to­ward the scor­ing end.

In a team per­for­mance, it can be hard to say there was best play­ers but some high­lights were Tom and JP’s de­fense and run­ning out of half back, Tully and Fraser took some strong marks and were kick­ing long.

Jai West’s ground work and tenac­ity was im­pres­sive, Rory McHugh and An­gus Dixon were very elu­sive and earned them­selves plenty of touches.

Char­lie and Ben from the U10s step up ev­ery week but their will­ing­ness to get in­volved and make their mark in a game like this was at times in­spir­ing.

In our first home fi­nal we go up against an­other un­known but if the boys take the same ap­proach each week, try­ing the best they can in­di­vid­u­ally and as a team, the re­sults will come and re­gard­less of the score­board these guys will be win­ners.

Be­ing our last home game for the year and fi­nals as well, it would be great to see some sup­port for our U12s and U14s, so if you’re into your lo­cal ju­nior footy and have a cou­ple of hours on Sun­day morn­ing come down and watch these tal­ented kids go round.

The un­der 16 Crocs took on South Cairns on Sun­day, play­ing for a spot in the fi­nal se­ries.

With the Crocs missing some of their play­ers due to ill­ness and in­jury, some of the un­der 12s stepped up to play and were most wel­comed by the Crocs.

The boys played a great game to se­cure their spot, dis­play­ing good team work and de­ter­mi­na­tion to take it up to the larger South’s side. The Crocs lead at ev­ery break and showed more ac­cu­racy with their kick­ing. Fi­nal scores Crocs 7.3.45 to Souths 4.4.28, goal kick­ers Mitchell Bohm, Chase­ley Nandy, Char­lie Wil­liams, Aaron Marks and Jake Gib­son.

This week’s awards went to Guy Phongun­sthon, Sam Aldrich, Char­lie Wil­liams, Chase­ley Nandy, Kee­lan War­rick, Jake Nelis, and Shawn Pierce. The game this week is against North Cairns at home and all play­ers are asked to train hard and fo­cus on a win to keep the fi­nals alive. Go the Crocs!

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