Ju­nior Sharks im­prov­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Un­der 15 sharks kicked off their sea­son on Fri­day night against arch-ri­vals Ivan­hoes at Red­lynch.

In beau­ti­ful con­di­tions for play­ing footy, the boys put in a much im­proved ef­fort than the pre­vi­ous clash and started the game per­fectly by work­ing to their game-plan and putting plenty of pres­sure on the Hoes at­tack.

Ai­den Ch­ester­field made a wel­come re­turn to the team mak­ing dam­ag­ing runs and good, hard tack­les and front row part­ner Jag­gar Ablett played his usual no-non­sense game in­volv­ing him­self heav­ily all night.

Ivan­hoes went into half-time ahead on the score­board af­ter find­ing a cou­ple of gaps out wide and tak­ing ad­van­tage of some sleepy de­fend­ers. With the score 12-6, the Sharks were cer­tainly in with a shot at win­ning their first game of the year and went into the sec­ond-half with a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude.

How­ever, the Ivan­hoes’ game plan be­came very ev­i­dent af­ter the break and at­tacked the flanks of Sharks de­fence putting their big men out wide mak­ing plenty of ground and putting them­selves into good field po­si­tion

Jake Todd had a fan­tas­tic game shut­ting down the Ivan­hoes’ at­tack help­ing out his wingers who had a tough job. Tom Hen­ley and Ta­heega Sav­age put in great ef­forts with their time on the field while Lachie Cowe and Wynn Adams also de­serve a big pat on the back for try­ing their best in a tough game. These boys are grad­u­ally build­ing in con­fi­dence each week and are to be com­mended for their com­mit­ment and at­ti­tude.

The final score was 28-14 af­ter Hoes crossed three times in the sec­ond-half and the Sharks should be proud of their ef­fort. Bryce Caltabi­ano played well at hooker and man of the match went to Jake Todd for his ef­fort on the night. With an­other good week at train­ing, the boys shouldn’t be too far off a win.

Satur­day saw the kids travel to Vico Oval, at Ka­n­im­i­bla, the home of the North­ern Pride and Kan­ga­roos where the Un­der 7s played some great foot­ball.

In their first game against the Kan­ga­roos this week, had the Sharkies on the back-foot with the op­po­si­tion team run­ning in five tries to Moss­man’s one. Wy­att Louri­gan was the sole try scorer in the game.

In the sec­ond game against Broth­ers, Moss­man came out fir­ing to score six tries to their op­po­si­tion’s one by the end of the game. Try scor­ers for this game were Wy­att Louri­gan (3), Jack Hat­field (2) and David Neller. On the day, some lit­tle tack­ling ma­chines to men­tion were Wy­att Louri­gan, David Neller and Matthias Jack­o­nia.

Man of the match for the first game against the Kan­ga­roos goes to Wy­att Louri­gan for his score of points and great de­fence. The sec­ond game man of the match went to Blaze Wil­son for good tack­ling and fan­tas­tic off-loads that helped his team to cross the line on a few oc­ca­sions.

The Un­der 8s Sharks had a great start to the sea­son with a 20-4 win against the Kan­ga­roos. A huge im­prove­ment in their de­fence saw the Sharks keep the ball in their half and re­sulted in tries for Ryan Hawk­ing, Jay­den, Tyson Os­borne, Brodie Fran­cis and Kae­len Marr. New­comer Jamie Borzi showed great at­tack­ing skills and Malachi Jack­o­nia was un­stop­pable with his tack­ling.

In the sec­ond game against Broth­ers, fa­tigue and heat slowed the boys down a lit­tle and re­sulted in a 20-4 loss. Malachi earned the man of the match and the coaches’ award went to Tyson for a huge im­prove­ment.

The Mighty Moss­man Un­der 9 team had a bril­liant win in the first game against the Kan­ga­roos. All kids played well and are now start­ing to show signs of train­ing hard on Thurs­day’s.

Brax­ton was a stand-out with great runs and at­tacks, and Aca­sia Bowen di­rected the team around the park in the hooker po­si­tion with ease. Moss­man ended up win­ning 4 tries to nil. The sec­ond game was much harder as they took on a fresh op­po­nent in Broth­ers. Moss­man play­ers never gave up with man of the match, Lewis Dun­can putting in some great an­kle tack­les bring­ing down some re­ally big op­po­nents and hav­ing some barg­ing runs. Moss­man went down 4 tries to one but never gave up.

The Un­der 12 boys showed gutsy form on Satur­day when they took down the Babinda Cow­boys in a 44-0 win. Back­ing up from a huge week of foot­ball with the Un­der 12 tri­als on Thurs­day, the Sharks showed out­stand­ing form with off-loads, breaks and length of the field tries.

Great team plays saw tries for Xa­vian Pitt, Phoenix Solomon, Tom Walker, Austin Tay­ley, Wade Dun­can, Trazane Cobb-fischer and Zachary Os­borne (2) with suc­cess­ful con­ver­sions from Tom, Austin, Wade, Trazane and Zachary (2). Tom’s at­tack­ing earned him the coaches’ award and Zachary’s com­mit­ment and game play re­sulted in him be­ing awarded the man of the match.

Un­der 11s had a bye this week­end.

The Dou­glas re­gion’s Un­der 12 Penin­sula team trav­elled to In­n­is­fail on Thurs­day to com­pete in the Penin­sula School Sport Un­der 12 Rugby League Cham­pi­onships. The boys played five games of foot­ball through­out the day against teams from through­out the far north re­gion.

The game re­sults were as fol­lows: Moss­man 34 de­feated Eve­lyn 0, Cairns 26 de­feated Moss­man 0, In­n­is­fail 28 de­feated Moss­man 0 and Moss­man 44 de­feated Table­lands 4.

Team coach Earl Os­borne was im­pressed with the boys’ per­for­mance on the day say­ing that the boys played out­stand­ing foot­ball and rep­re­sented their re­spec­tive schools and the Moss­man re­gion with pride.

Thir­teen teams from across the re­gion and over 230 boys com­peted in front of se­lec­tors who short-listed down to 34 play­ers who were called back to train on side on Fri­day.

Xa­vian Pitt, Cal­lum Mather and Zachary Os­borne were short-listed and re­turned to Cairns to train with the se­lec­tors and play­ers from the North­ern Pride on Fri­day.

The se­lec­tors then named a 17-man squad and Wonga Beach State School stu­dent and Moss­man Sharks’ player Cal­lum Mather was suc­cess­ful and will now head to Ip­swich in June to rep­re­sent the Far North­ern Re­gion in the Queens­land tri­als.

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