Merged un­der-18 Crocs mi­nor pre­miers

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

SEVEN of the Port Dou­glas Ju­nior Crocs un­der-18s Aussie rules team will play in the grand fi­nal on Wed­nes­day night after scor­ing a 11.11 (77) to 2.3 (15) win over ri­vals Centrals.

Ker­rod An­drews, Jack­son Brown, Lewis But­ters, Michael Doust, Zak O’Gor­man, Michael Pid­geon and Karl Zam­mataro have worn Lions colours all sea­son, then back­ing up and played se­niors and re­serves for the Crocs on Satur­day.

In re­cent years the cur­rent Crocs un­der18 squad had been able to field a side with the help of some of the boys from St Au­gus­tine’s Col­lege, in Cairns.

As this group has fin­ished school this was not pos­si­ble in 2011 so the lo­cal boys have joined with the new­est Cairns club, Cairns City Lions, to be able to com­pete in the un­der-18s com­pe­ti­tion.

The merger has proven to be suc­cess­ful as the Lions fin­ished as mi­nor pre­miers at the end of the home and away sea­son.

The con­tri­bu­tion of the Crocs boys has played a big part in this suc­cess­ful ven­ture with each one of the team mem­bers earn­ing a best on ground honours through­out the sea­son.

For most of the sea­son they have had to play in po­si­tions un­fa­mil­iar to them but all of them han­dled the chal­lenge with ease.

Michael Doust had a great year and was re­warded with the league’s Un­der-18 Reg Lil­ly­white Best and Fairest award at the AFL Cairns Ju­nior League pre­sen­ta­tion on Mon­day night. Jack­son Brown also polled well in the votes.

With some of the boys still el­i­gi­ble to play un­der-18s in 2012 it’s hoped Port can field their own side next year.

The Ju­nior Crocs un­der-18s will play in the grand fi­nal next Wed­nes­day night from 7pm at Cazalys in Cairns.

Young guns: Lewis But­ters, Michael Pid­geon, Jack­son Brown, Karl Zam­mataro and Michael Doust. Zak OGor­man and Ker­rod An­drews

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