Ju­nior Crocs put in plenty of ef­fort for home games

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

Ja­cob rich

On the ball: Harry Brown

In pur­suit:

Putting the boot in:

Jack Har­ring­ton

Bray­den Wall

In the ac­tion: An­thony Long

Af­ter the ball: Dean Lau­rence

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