Merged under-18 Crocs minor premiers
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