Mossman golfers see off the wet
THE Junior Sharks are gearing up for another epic season of rugby league and invite everyone from under-six to under16 to sign on.
The official 2012 season kicks off on April 21 and in preparation the Junior Sharks are having a come-and-try day on next Saturday, February 4, before their sign-on day the following weekend, Sunday February 12.
Vice-president Adam Macdonald wants everyone to get involved in Queensland’s “home-grown” sport and even his five-year-old son Fletcher will be signing-on for the first time.
“Everyone of all ages are invited to come and try and it’s a good opportunity for parents to come along and have a chat with our coaching coordinator Nathan Woods and myself,” he said.
“I’m the vice this year, Jason Fasano has been re-elected as president, secretary is Jenni Walker and our treasurer is Bronwyn Graves.
“It’ll be a chance to become familiar with who they are going to have during the year and we’re also hoping to get some new kids or kids who’ve been out of the game and want to come back to the club. DESPITE the soggy conditions after the recent downpours the members battled through producing some top scores again this week at the Mossman Golf Club.
Laurie Prosser started off the week by winning the men’s Tuesday competition with 43 points ahead of Steve Warden on 40 points. Kym Rowley was third with 39 points.
Phil Holloway won nearest-
“And I absolutely encourage any girl up to the age group Under-12s to come along and join up, it would be great if could get a couple of young ladies to have a go.”
The committee this year has made several changes and adopted an aim to be more organised by completing the draw early which the coach of the Northern Pride David Maiden has done.
“Last year our draw was week to week and there was a fair bit of frustration throughout the whole competition but this year we’re a lot more prepared,” Macdonald said.
“Our draw is 99 per cent completed and that’s one area we’ve improved from last year and U7 and up play a whole season but the U6 play a shortened season.
“It’s a Queensland sport and it’s a home grown sport - Queensland is a rugby league stronghold and we’ve got two level-two accredited coaches in club this year.
“This year we’ve laid down some new coaching guidelines for all our coaches and we believe we can teach the kids a fun way and enjoyable style of football and at the same time they can develop.
“Opportunities are there for kids who’ve got potential to go on to further to the point where NRL clubs are inter- the-pin on 6, Mal Phillips on 8 and 13, Art Howard on 10 and Peter Lewis on 17.
Casey Dunn won the Wednesday nine-hole competition with 24 points ahead of Joe Wild on 22 points.
Dave Addison won nearestthe-pin on 6 and Brett Jurie won 8.
Kerri Williams was the best of the ladies on Thursday winning with 37 points. ested in several of our players at the moment.”
And for anyone interested in joining up but not sure about rugby league, Macdonald said rugby league can teach some important life skills.
“Rugby league is a great sport for building confidence, obviously there is the fitness side of it, which is beneficial to any young kid but building confidence is the main thing,” he said.
“It’s about respect for your peers, club and teammates and especially respecting yourself, it teaches discipline and self-discipline and can contribute to character-building.
“Football is not just about the game, it can contribute to a lot of other areas of life, rugby league is about helping each other out and sticking by mates.”
There will be two trial matches organised for the pre-season and this season U15 and U16 will be playing on Friday nights in a decision by the Cairns District Junior Rugby League.
Come-and-try day will be held at the Mossman showgrounds from 9am to 12pm on February 4 and sign-on day will be at the grounds again on Sunday 12 February from 10am to 12pm.
For more information call Adam Macdonald on 0438 153 547.
Ellen Clark was second with 34 points. Nearest-the-pins went to Helen Gabour on 6, Bev Cowe on 8 and Glenda Christensen on 10.
Shane’s farewell attracted 94 players for the Four Ball Best Ball competition.
Peter Chrisfield and Adam Ferguson won with 48 points after a count back to Ben Hill and Clint Kachel.
Duncan Cunningham and Bob Tyrell finished third with 47.
Nearest-the-pins were won by Ralf Middel and Bette Wells on 6, Des Whiteley and Bev Cowe on 8, Errol Glynn and Kim Edwards on 10, Laurie Prosser and Lyn Heimann on 13 and Peter Chrisfield on 17.
On Sunday Carley Edwards was too good winning with 37 points, six shots clear of John Cameron on 31. Ranald Edwards won nearest-the-pin on 6.