Moss­man golfers see off the wet

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - ANGELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

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.

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