Jnr Crocs keep up pos­i­tive at­ti­tudes

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

SHORT player num­bers could not curb the mighty Port Dou­glas Crocs’ Un­der 8 team’s en­thu­si­asm on Sun­day morn­ing in ideal play­ing con­di­tions at Crath­ern Park.

Sim­i­lar to their fa­thers in their hey­day - zippy for­wards Ethan “Ri­oli” Scott, Kalan “Mo­dra” Poole and Sam “Roach” Wall set the tone early with some ex­cit­ing for­ward pres­sure.

Goal-kick­ing prac­tice was in or­der for game day cap­tain Colby “Buck­ley” Tay­lor who lead the team bril­liantly. The ever re­li­able Daniel “Fletcher” Har­ring­ton pre­vented many Bull­dog at­tacks down back and was well sup­ported by the much im­proved play­ers Hay­den “Black” Caswell and the best name in foot­ball An­gus “Buddy” Van Rooyan who ex­cited the crowd with many telling long kicks.

The coach’s awards went to Colby, An­gus and Sam.

In the Un­der-10s, the Crocs played a hard game last Sun­day against Cairns Saints at Crath­ern Park. The Saints were short a few play­ers so our Ju­nior Crocs as­sisted and played well for both sides.

The team fought hard to get the ball off the ground to the for­wards. Sam Cor­rie scored our four goals. Awards were given to Ethan Bakker, Slade Roberts and Medal to Sam Cor­rie.

Af­ter two weeks of school hol­i­days the Un­der 12s Crocs looked fresh as they took com­mand of the match early in the first quar­ter.

Bray­den Wall proved very suc­cess­ful in the ruck, reg­u­larly get­ting the ball out of the cen­tre and al­low­ing the ball to move for­ward, plac­ing im­me­di­ate pres­sure on Cairns North.

With the speed of Daniel David­son, mark­ing abil­ity of Hugo Cor­rie and tenac­ity of Ryan Bour­guignon ever present, the Crocs went to the half time break with a strong lead.

A great team ef­fort en­sued in the sec­ond half as the Un­der-12s com­pleted four solid quar­ters of foot­ball.

Spe­cial men­tions go to Billy Thom­son for show­ing con­sid­er­able de­ter­mi­na­tion for re­turn­ing to the field in the final quar­ter af­ter sus­tain­ing an in­jury ear­lier in the game and Tuoc Nguyen for a won­der­ful con­tri­bu­tion in his first ever game of AFL.

The Port Dou­glas Crocs proved too strong, run­ning away with a six-goal vic­tory.

With a never say die at­ti­tude the Un­der-14s Crocs were re­warded with a win in a low-scor­ing hard fought game of footy.

The Crocs only won in last quar­ter by be­ing able to out­run the op­po­si­tion to be first to the ball show­ing that a bit of hard work and de­ter­mi­na­tion will make all the dif­fer­ence.

Tom Goodall once again stamped his au­thor­ity on the game with a very strong per­for­mance around the ground which earned him a well de­served man of the match award from the um­pires.

Cap­tain and ruck­man Jar­rah Wren didn’t stop run­ning the whole game be­ing solid in at­tack and de­fence.

Finn Cameron and Tully Cartwright com­bined well to­gether from the cen­tre and half for­ward both tak­ing many marks and work­ing off one an­other.

Across the half back line in the last quar­ter Oliver El­li­son, Jack Sam­son and Hugo Walker fin­ished off big games by be­ing un­stop­pable in de­fence.

Jye West re­minded ev­ery­one of his abil­ity to win the hard ball and was very ef­fec­tive when play­ing on the ball and Brent David­son was elu­sive on the wing.

Brady Ste­wart had a busy day and showed courage knock­ing a much big­ger op­po­nent off the ball al­low­ing a clean pickup by a team mate with the end re­sult be­ing the goal that put them in front on the score board se­cur­ing the win.

Ben Shrimp­ton gets bet­ter ev­ery week and is play­ing some skill­ful hard run­ning foot­ball play­ing up the wing.

Also a men­tion to the Un­der 12 play­ers who helped us out, Char­lie, Hugo, Bray­den and Ben who all made a huge con­tri­bu­tion to the game.

Score 4.11.35 to 2.7.19 Awards went to Jack Sam­son, Oliver El­li­son and Jye West. Goalscor­ers were Tully, Jar­rah, Jack and Char­lie.

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