Jnrs se­lected for U18 academy

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - PAUL MIL­TON BUT­LER

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)

Photo by AN­GEL FLETCHER

Made of the right stuff: Josh Sag­iba play­ing for the Sharks this sea­son

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