Jnr Crocs show great form
Under 8’s Under 16’s
WHAT a game the mighty Port Douglas Crocs Under-8s played on Sunday in perfect conditions against the Central Bulldogs. After a slow first quarter, the boys came out and totally dominated the rest of the match with some fast and slick ball movement which impressed coach Matt Scott and his assistants. Big Taj and Gus were unstoppable in the middle with some great clearance work and were well supported by Andrew, Jetson and Jessiah with some solid ruck work from ‘‘Big Bad Plugger’’ Jai impressed. But the action was up forward were the Crocs’ own Kalan ‘‘Eddie Bets’’ put on a clinic - kicking three goals in as many minutes, one from an impossible position which was very special. Back in his old white ‘‘Fev’’ boots, Ethan played his best game of the year with some telling long shots at goal, and young Tyler had the crowd on their feet with a pack mark which had many questioning if he is next Gary Ablett. Nothing was getting past the back line where game day captain Luke, little Taj and first game player Oran impressed as too did young Jessie with his second solid game for the club. Coach’s awards went to Jessie, Kalan, Ethan and Oren. The Under-10s Crocs had a tough day of footy up against the Central Bulldogs. Centrals kicked quite a few goals in the first half but the Crocs came alive in the second half of the game with some great teamwork and individual efforts. Nash the Dash kicked the first goal with captain for the day Dalton Wall following with another from some in close handballing from young Crunch. Player of the day went to Daniel Harrington who played well throughout. Ashlyn Franco took one in the face stopping a goal and received a well-deserved Macca’s award for her efforts. The last Macca’s award went to young Crunch who stepped up from the Under-8s to take on the challenge and succeeded. The Under-12s travelled to Trinity Breach to take on the Cairns Saints last Sunday. A great turn up of 18 boys saw 15 take the field while three were on the bench giving a muchneeded breather in the warm conditions. The opposition skipped away to an early lead but swift running from Daniel and the deadly boot of Ryan saw the Crocs claw back to within two points. Excellent defence from Tom, River, Keanu, and D’lea in the backline kept the Crocs in the game. Muscle man Riley, still reeling from last week’s send-off, had a slow start but soon regained his inner beast to win good ball out of the centre. Late to the party was Leon with a brand new pair of boots who was menacing in both defence and attack and those new shoes didn’t stop running the whole game. Asher found some direction after getting his hair out of his eyes and was courageous in every contest. Anthony with freaky skills for a first-year player had glue on his hands, didn’t drop the ball all day and penetrated deep with his long kick. Coach Nick Carling reminded the boys to continually man up and run into space when they had the ball. Unfortunately the Saints ran away in the last quarter to win by two goals, but it was a muchimproved effort by a relatively inexperienced team who will only improve as we move through the season. Goalscorers where Ryan Bourguignon (3) and Daniel Davidson. The Crocs Under-14s played a great game on Sunday against City Lions. With the whole team combining well the boys had a five-goal lead going into three-quarter time. In the last quarter the Lions got back into the game with a few quick goals but the Crocs held on to a well deserved 8.7.55 to 5.4.34 win. Finn Cameron rucked strongly all day and tapped the ball to his rovers who continually made good use out of the middle. Hugo Walker read the game very well and managed three goals in the first quarter and finished the game as one of the best on ground. Angus Dickson and Charlie Burns also played well proving to be very consistent at winning the hard ball while Drew Bain and Fraser Allen found plenty of space running on the wings. Brayden Wall was solid at fullback stopping many raids on the Crocs’ goals and sending his team back on the attack. With all players prepared to run and link up they played some every entertaining football. Goalscorers were Hugo (3), Fraser, Tully, Finn and Charlie. Awards went to Braden, Fraser and Joel. The Port Douglas Crocs Under-16s played under the big lights at Cazalys last Friday night against North Cairns Tigers. The rain was torrential and the game was delayed for 10 minutes waiting for the lightning to stop. It was a tough night of football against quality opposition. The boys battled hard and were up by two points at quarter time, but over the next three quarters the Tigers got the better of them. Everyone put in a top effort with some of the boys only playing their second game of AFL. Best players were Ethan McCullough, Nathan Evans and Tom Radcliffe with Mitchell Bohm scoring the only goal. The Under-18s Crocs played their first game of the season last Wednesday night against Pyramid Power. The boys started the game strong with Chaseley Nandy kicking the team’s first goal as the Crocs took the early lead. With a lot of the Crocs lacking fitness the Power got on top in the second half. The backline led by Liam kept the Crocs in the game with great defence. The last quarter was a nailbiter with Jackson kicking a goal with seconds left to put the Crocs in front 7.7.49 to 6.11.47. Goalscorers were Chaseley Nandy (4), Jake Muia, Jackson Riley and Raymond Micheal. Best players were Liam Edwards, Micheal McKeown, Micheal Pidgeon, Ashley Davidson, Chaseley Nandy and Jackson Riley.