Un­der 16s just make the fi­nals

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

the Crocs Un­der-16s have beaten the odds to reach the fi­nals THE Un­der-16s Crocs have scraped into the fi­nals the hard way, grab­bing the fi­nal spot by beat­ing the top three teams three weeks in a row.

The boys were all but out of fi­nals con­tention one month ago but showed plenty of spirit and trust in each other to notch vic­to­ries over top teams North Cairns, Cen­trals top-placed Ma­nunda Hawks last week to qual­ify for a shot at the pre­mier­ship.

To the boys’ credit they again stuck to the game plan and the re­sult took care of it­self, al­beit in a nail-biter. Af­ter lead­ing by as much as 30 points the weary Crocs took their foot off the ac­cel­er­a­tor in the last quar­ter and al­lowed the Hawks a sniff of vic­tory.

But luck­ily for some hero­ics from the backs, Ethan and Braden, the Hawks would have run then Crocs down.

Other great per­for­mances came from rookie ruck­man Scot­tie and first gamer Jack Dick­son. Up for­ward, the likes of Char­lie, Mitch and Quinny kept the score­board tick­ing over, all the while be­ing fed by Ash­ley David­son who clearly set the game up for the Crocs with a dom­i­nant first half.

Davo had great sup­port from Chase­ley, and Jake and Ai­den who were a real hand­ful for the Hawks’ de­fence. Over­all it was a great team ef­fort.

They now travel to North Cairns for the mi­nor semi­fi­nal on Fri­day night but coach Greg Ni­chol­son said they had proved them­selves re­gard­less of the out­come.

“The boys had shown a lot of prom­ise through the year but hadn’t de­liv­ered on it be­fore their run to the fi­nals so I al­ways knew they had it in them,” he said.

“They just had to work on the ba­sics we’ve been prac­tic­ing on at train­ing and im­prove their de­ci­sion-mak­ing and trust each other more and the re­sults would come their way. “And of course bril­liant coach­ing helps. “They’re more than ca­pa­ble of win­ning the com­pe­ti­tion but they can be proud of their ef­forts any­way.” Fi­nal scores: Crocs 9-6-60 de­feated the Hawks 8-4-52. Goal kick­ers: Mitch 2, Ash­ley 2, Char­lie 2, Jack­son 1, Casey 1, and Quinny 1.

Best play­ers: Scott, Bray­den, Ethan, Jake and Ash­ley and Greg Ni­chol­son.

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