Jnrs selected for U18 academy
TWO Mossman Sharks players have been selected into the Northern Pride’s Under18s Academy squad for next year.
From the 130 local juniors that participated in the Northern Pride Academy trials last month, Josh Sagiba and Patrick Nandy were announced by Northern Pride head coach, David Maiden, to have made next year’s squad.
Sharks president Keith Pitt said he was thrilled for the boys.
“Josh is a shy boy but a great lad and a good all-rounder and steps up to play in whatever position that is asked of him,” Pitt said.
“Of course his going will be a loss to our junior club but this is a great chance for Josh to go further in his chosen sport because he just loves his footy.
“You never know what talent scouts are out and about at the various games and he could easily be approached by clubs such as the Cowboys . . . you just never know, it’s all up to Josh now.”
Pitt said Nandy is also an outstanding player and plays well no matter what sport he is involved in.
“This kid is just a good strong all-rounder too and I believe he was recently awarded an AFL scholarship but I’m not totally certain, it’s what I heard but it wouldn’t surprise me if that is the case,” Pitt said.
Sagiba was told of his selection after a brilliant debut year for the under-18s Sharks, where he was named best forward at the presentation awards on Sunday at the Daintree Inn.
Pitt said he had worked hard all year to represent the Sharks in both the under-18s and the A-grade side.
“At one game Josh was forced to play front row forward and jumped at the challenge, running over his bigger opponents every time he grabbed the ball,” Pitt said.
“Patrick was also a dynamic player and a very effective player when he put the boots on for the under-18s team this year.
“Patrick gave far more than what was asked of him, easily mixing with his bigger opponents in all parts of the game.
“On behalf of everybody at the club, we wish both boys the greatest success for next season and feel they will do enough to make the Pride A-Grade squad.”
A-Grade: Peter Tuccandidgee (best back and most consistent), Harry Cobb (Goodalls encouragement award) and Davin Crampton (best and fairest)
Made of the right stuff: Josh Sagiba playing for the Sharks this season