Ju­nior Crocs put on show for fi­nal home game

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORTS -

SUN­DAY saw the Un­der 8 Crocs take on Cairns South Green in front of an en­thu­si­as­tic home crowd.

Al­though down in player num­bers, the Crocs over­pow­ered the Cut­ters with skill and de­ter­mi­na­tion to even­tu­ally dom­i­nate the game in ev­ery as­pect.

Great de­fence and fast clean de­liv­ery from the cen­tre to the for­ward line gave the for­wards ev­ery pos­si­ble chance to cap­i­talise.

Geneva Gil­bert’s long clear­ance kicks, new player Sammy Wall’s ter­rific marks and Jake Sherwell’s and Harry Walker’s non­stop ef­forts were but a few of the high­lights in a very ex­cit­ing game.

The for­wards in turn did a mar­vel­lous job with ac­cu­rate kick­ing re­sult­ing in goals to Harry Walker, 2, Geneva Gil­bert, 2 and Daniel Har­ring­ton, 1.

As the game pro­gressed the Crocs pro­duced some of the best foot­ball they have played this year.

Ex­cel­lent team play gave each player added con­fi­dence which in turn height­ened new found en­thu­si­asm from all play­ers.

Fill-in coach Matthew Scott was very happy with the team’s per­for­mance and re­minded the play­ers that play­ing as a team and shar­ing the ball around gets re­sults.

Player of the day medal was awarded to Harry Walker and the McDon­ald Awards went to Jae Mitchell and Cameron Nyko.

With the ju­nior crocs last home game for the year on Sun­day the un­der 10s came up against a big­ger Hawks side.

In the first quar­ter our back­line play­ers had their work cut out with Reuben, Jack, An­thony and Rory fight­ing hard to re­strict the Hawks scor­ing.

With the Crocs’ mid­field Daniel, Toby, Ryan and Ja­cob start­ing to get more ball out of the cen­tre in the sec­ond half the Crocs where able to give their for­wards Leon, Dy­lan, Casey and Tyson more chances to score.

All the boys put in a great ef­fort in front of their home crowd and goal kick­ers were Ja­cob Rich, 1 and Rory Nyko, 1.

Awards went to Toby Ellison club medal, Daniel David­son Reuben Al­li­son and Jack Har­ring­ton.

The boys now have three weeks of fi­nals to fin­ish the year.

Round 17 Sun­day saw the Port Dou­glas Un­der-14 Crocs 11-9-75 beat Cairns Hawks 8-4-52.

Port Dou­glas Crocs hosted Cairns Hawks at the Croc Pit on Sun­day.

The boys from Port Dou­glas were keen to wrap up their sea­son with a win, par­tic­u­larly against the Hawks who had soundly de­feated the Crocs at Cazaly’s on the pre­vi­ous Fri­day night.

The Crocs put in a huge ef­fort in blus­tery con­di­tions and were able to es­tab­lish a slim lead go­ing into the half-time break.

Af­ter a few set­tling words of en­cour­age- ment from coach, Pat Bar­nett, the Crocs re­turned to the field fired-up and ready to con­sol­i­date their lead.

A goal-kick­ing frenzy led by Mitch Bohm saw the Crocs edge fur­ther ahead of their op­po­nents and ul­ti­mately se­cure a hard­fought and well-de­served vic­tory.

In a fit­ting end to a dif­fi­cult sea­son, the Un­der 14 Crocs once again earned the right to sing the club song.

Goal kick­ers for the match were Mitchell Bohm, 6, Dy­lan Davies, Pa­trick Lanskey, Josh McCauley, Zach McCauley and Ty­ron Or­win.

Ethan McCul­lough re­ceived the Beach Shack award while Mitchell Bohm, Loui Ganaia and Ash­ley David­son each re­ceived an E.J.’s Take­away voucher.

Other award re­cip­i­ents were Guy Phong­sun­thorn, Har­ri­son Brown and Dy­lan Davies who were re­warded with a McDon­ald’s meal vouch­ers for their ef­forts.

Thanks to those vol­un­teers who have as­sisted with var­i­ous match du­ties through­out the sea­son - your help is very much ap­pre­ci­ated.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Gotcha: Daniel David­son is grabbed from be­hind

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