Jnr Crocs show off for mums
THE Under-10s Crocs were involved in a short versus giants match against the Saints at the Crocpit. The Saints talls were able to get the easy tap out of the ruck followed by a quick kick into their forward line, proving very difficult for the Crocs to combat. However with the great speed of Nash, Scotty, Jake and the courage of Sam, Gus and Aislinn the Crocs managed to battle hard throughout the match. Plenty of teamwork and some great individual efforts put a couple of goals on the board. Big thanks again to the Under-8s players who stood up and took on the challenge, speedster Hayden Caswell and new man on the field Gus Gaske who took out one of the Maccas awards. The other award went to Nash ‘‘The Dash’’ Thompson and player of the day went to a welldeserved Sam Wall for his four-quarter efforts. Coach Nick was happy that the shepherding drills in training were put into practice on the day which was the main reason we were able to get so much ball down to the forward line. The boys were also reminded about good sportsmanship and coach Nick congratulated the boys who volunteered to make up the Cutters shortfall - Chas, Harry, Cameron, Jake and Casey. Tom continues to improve and had a great game showing courage over the loose ball and River was devastatingly strong in defence making the Cutters nervous when he was around. Also a special mention to Rueben who went off hurt but came back on in the final quarter to finish the game in a gutsy effort. Overall it was a strong performance as a team working the ball with short kicks and handballs as the Crocs were too skilful for the Cutters. Final score was 9.8.62 to 4.7.31. Goalscorers were Daniel (2) Riley, Jake, Ryan, Nathan and Jack. filling those shoes. Hugo Walker came off halfback into the centre and showed plenty of versatility around the ground. Ben Muir kicked five goals in the first half with some classic full-forward marking and could have gone on to kick a swag more but in a show of team spirit sat at fullback for the second half allowing some of our usual back men to have a run forward. Dean McCarthy was very solid across the halfback line and also bagged a couple of goals when he had a stint on the ball. Solomon Loomes and Jye West are playing at their best, Jye being very strong at ground level using his body well and Sol finding plenty of space on the forward flank marking strongly overhead. Ben Sands and Joel Bowen continue to get better each week and have been contributors cable of playing in many positions. The team is playing a great brand of running football with a willingness to work hard for the desired result. It will be a big test this week as they come up against the leaders in the comp but if they play with the same desire and commitment they have shown in previous weeks they are more than capable of getting up. The score was 124-0. Goalskickers were Ben Muir, Charlie Burns, Fraser Allen, Dean McCarthy, Sol Loomes, Brent Davidson, Hugo Walker, Brayden Wall and Tully Cartwright. Coach’s awards went to Brent Davidson, Hugo Walker, Joel Bowen, Jye West, Ben Sands and Sol Loomes.