Jnr Crocs show great form

Un­der 8’s Un­der 16’s

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

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.

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