Junior Crocs put in plenty of effort for home games
IN FRONT of an enthusiastic Sunday morning crowd, the mighty Port Douglas Under-8 Crocs were keen to hit the ground running and put up a strong performance for their first home game of the season at the Crocpit.
Led magnificently on game day by captain Daniel “Ling“Harrington and the excellent first quarter defence of first game player Tam, both rebounded beautifully to prevent many North Cairns attacks.
Two of the youngest and smallest Crocs Ethan “Betts” Scott and Hayden “Weightman” Caswell again backed up with strong performances, both kicking their first ever goals in AFL, much to the delight of the home crowd.
When moved forward, Sam “Fevola” Wall was on fire and was assisted by the ever improving Angus “Brown” Van Rooyen who competed well all day in various positions. Courageous Kai “Selwood” Durie provided many unselfish acts throughout the game, continuing sharing the ball around with many linking handballs.
For the Under-10s Crocs, it was a good home game in steamy conditions against North Cairns.
All Crocs members played well defensively against the visitors who provided great competition.
A spectacular mark by Geneva Gilbert and hard work by the whole team helped the Crocs get four goals across the line.
Anthony Long (1) and Dean Laurence (3) were the goal- scorers. Award winners this week went to Geneva Gilbert, Dean Laurence and Casey West and the team medal went to Scott Cooper.
In the Under-12s, the Port Douglas Crocs displayed considerable grit and determination against an experienced Centrals Blue team. The first quarter was a hard-fought affair with neither team able to dominate the play.
Daniel Davidson impressed as his speed and agility allowed him to find space, ultimately being rewarded with a goal just minutes before the siren sounded.
In only their second match for the season the Port Douglas Crocs demonstrated that they are a formidable team that will certainly enjoy success throughout the season.
By the final stages of the last quarter, the Cairns Centrals’ experience showed through as they kicked a couple of late goals to seal a hard fought, but low-scoring game.
Best players were Ben Muia, Daniel Davidson and Charlie Burns.
The Under-14s had a decisive win over an undermanned Cairns North team on Sunday and had to supply four players per quarter to the Norths to ensure a fair game could be played.
In trying wet and greasy conditions Port showed some great ball skills playing an open running and passing game of footy. Their accurate short passing and handballs opened up many end to end attacking raids on goal.
Showing a lot of maturity for a young side, they followed the game plan well playing down the corridor and not getting caught out wide.
It was great to see the boys willing to run and work hard for each other in both attack and defence making this win a big all round team effort. With continued commitment to each other in this area and training, they will develop into a very skilful and competitive side in this competition.
Captain Giles Hanley lead by example in every way to be best on ground and the Dixon brothers were unstoppable, Jack from halfback was very solid and used his long penetrating kick to set up a lot of attack. And Angus who was on the ball was everywhere and was rewarded with two goals for his efforts.
Jack Laurin played well at full forward sneaking in four goals. Newcomer Ben Shrimpton also showed himself to be an exciting addition to the team by getting many possessions. Jarrah Wren showed he had good hands with some nice overhead marks, and accurate kicking into the forward line. Full time score was 13.15.93 to 1.3.9. Awards were given to Giles Hanley, Ben Shrimpton and Brady Stewart.
Goal kickers were Jack Laurin 4, Brady Stewart and Angus Dixon 2, Brent Davidson, Tom Doodall, Hugo Walker, Jack Samson and Giles Hanley 1.
On the ball: Harry Brown
Putting the boot in:
In the action: Anthony Long
After the ball: Dean Laurence