Jnr Sharks play hard

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Un­der-7 Sharkies played a hard match against Ivan­hoes at home.

There was some fierce tack­ling by David Neller, Dakota San­tarossa and Wy­att Louri­gan and some great runs by Fletcher Mac­don­ald that led to four tries scored by Moss­man.

Tryscor­ers on the day were David Neller (2), Jack Hat­field and Wy­att Louri­gan.

Although these lit­tle Sharkies went down on the score­board four tries to six the whole team tried their best, had fun and are im­prov­ing with each week that goes by.

The Un­der-8s had an­other fan­tas­tic game with a 20-0 win against Ivan­hoes on Satur­day. Great de­fence from the boys kept Ivan­hoes score­less and team work and off­loads saw Tyson Os­borne (2) Kye Durie (2) and Zacheriah Paulke score.

Man of the match went to Zacheriah for out­stand­ing all round foot­ball and the coaches’ award went to Kye for great at­tack­ing.

Un­der-11 Man of the Match per­for­mances were put in by Zek­lyn Gro­gan-ryan, who had the op­po­si­tion look­ing for him ev­ery time they ran the ball with some front on de­fence, Lach­lan Buzza, who topped the tackle count with out­stand­ing dis­play of no fear tack­ling and Tom Walker, who took the ball up in heavy traf­fic the whole game.

The game turned into a re­ally good de­fen­sive game of league from both sides but the lo­cal boys turned over too much ball in at­tack­ing po­si­tions to main­tain any pres­sure which gave Ivan­hoes a 20-10 win. With so many new play­ers it was a great ef­fort in hot con­di­tions.

The Un­der-12 Sharks went down to a well-drilled Ivan­hoes side 20-0 de­spite some im­pres­sive play from some of the boys. Cal­lum Mather was fir­ing in de­fence and Tom, Zac and Len­nox tack­led fiercely. Austin Tay­ley earned Man of the Match.

The Un­der-14/15 com­bined team took on a strong Ivan­hoes’ out­fit in very hot con­di­tions at the show­grounds on Satur­day which saw the vis­i­tors walk away with a hard-fought 24-16 point vic­tory.

Af­ter train­ing strongly for sev­eral weeks, the boys were keen for a game and with a new game plan in place the Sharks felt well pre­pared go­ing into the match.

How­ever, the first 15 min­utes of the match Ivan­hoes ex­posed some lazy de­fence and helped them­selves to two tries, jump­ing to a 12-point lead and putting the Sharks on the back foot straight away.

Lack of game time so far this sea­son was show­ing, and the Sharks were look­ing very rusty with con­tin­ual drop ball and seem­ingly no com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween them­selves throw­ing away any op­por­tu­nity they had at try­ing to get some points on the board.

Dwar Creek came off the bench 10 min­utes be­fore half­time and added some much-needed spark to the strug­gling Sharks, putting on some great tack­les and show­ing the for­wards how to run the ball. Ivan­hoe’s made the most of ev­ery op­por­tu­nity and at half­time the score was 20-0.

The sec­ond half saw the Sharks put in a much bet­ter ef­fort in de­fence and man­aged to con­tain the op­po­si­tion to only one try. Levi, Jack and Quin­lan gave their all and were out­stand­ing de­fend­ers all game. Cur­tis Hober and Jag­gar Ablett charged into the Hoes, mak­ing valu­able me­tres off ev­ery run. Jake Todd scored once and Quin­lan scored twice and the team showed great char­ac­ter to fin­ish the game in a pos­i­tive man­ner.

Matthew Glad­man earned him­self the Man of Match for a great ef­fort in a tough game.

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