Jnr Crocs keep up positive attitudes
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.