Junior Sharkies report
THE Under-6 Sharkies enjoyed another great game of footy last Saturday at the Mossman Showgrounds cheered on by the home crowd. In beautiful conditions the boys took on Cairns Brothers and came away with a good win. EJ Bowen continued his great form this year scoring some fantastic tries and pulling off some brilliant tackles while Kyan Alvoen also showed his speed running in some awesome tries which had the crowd cheering. Caleb Uerata continually improves each week and pulled off some cracking tackles and Tyeece also showed he is capable playing a solid game of footy earning the man of the match for his determination overcoming an injury to play. THE Under-7 Sharks were outscored in their game against a very speedy Cairns Brothers outfit last Saturday but at the same time showed a great improvement in their game putting in terrific effort. The young Sharks found themselves in very fast paced game and didn’t take a backward step running hard into the strong Brothers defence and managing to get some offloads away creating second phase play which outstanding for their age. All the players tried their best in both attack and defence displaying a fantastic attitude. Saxon, Fletch and Couper scored a try each and Couper Smith was awarded the man of the match for massive improvement, running hard and making some awesome tackles. THE Under-8s played their best game of the season against Brothers Blue last week. Both teams are usually equal rivals but these little Sharkies were on fire this week scoring 14 tries to Brothers’ three. Beau Paulke and David Neller put on splendid performances with Beau scoring four tries and David scoring six. Calm Solomon was great to watch as he caught the ball on the fly and ran away to score two tries. Wyatt Laurigan was persistent in attack as always and crossed the line to notch up another try against Brothers. Jack Hatfield scored a clever try off David Neller’s kick off, running through the Brothers team to dive on the ball in goal. Dakota Santarossa was a standout in defence and was brave to tackle Brother’s bigger players. Man of the match went to Jack Hatfield for putting on a good chase to score the try of the match and the coach’s award went to Alikai Moore for a good effort at training. THE Under-9s played an outstanding game of footy on Saturday against Brothers, defeating them 36-8. The Sharks played great footy giving 100 per cent and sticking to the game plan. The Sharks executed training drills perfectly and ensured that Brothers were outplayed. Great attacking from Kye saw him score three tries and a conversion, with gutsy runs from forwards Brodie, Tait and Morrigan gaining valuable meters for the Sharks. A quick run from dummy half saw Tyson score in the corner, then follow it up with another two tries after some great runs from backs Josh, Ryan, Zechariah and Malackye. Great backing up saw Khalen score in the corner and convert successfully, as did Zecheriah and Malackye. Man of the match went to Tait for an awesome game with the whole team earning a coaches award for executing training drills to perfection. THE Under-10s played an even matched game against Brothers with the final score being a 24-all draw. Braxton Wienert was a standout scoring four tries, along with Jaidyn Osborne’s two. The defence players helped to secure this draw as Christopher Neil, Lafe Hatfield, Harry O’Gorman and Ethan Chesterfield provided solid defence against a good-sized Brothers side. Man of the match was awarded to Braxton Wienert and the coach’s award was deserved by Jimmy Smith for putting in a solid effort at training. THE Under-11s ran into an in-form Cairns Brothers team and had trouble containing Brothers big forward pack going down 36-6. The only try scored by the Sharks was by Pacman Jenkins and converted himself. Sharks forwards rucked it hard up the middle into some tough defence. Sadly the backs didn’t get much opportunity to run the ball. Brayden Mynott earned himself man of the match, rucking and tackling it hard up the middle and improves every game he plays. A big thank you goes to the Under-10 boys who helped out on Saturday. The one positive out of Saturdays’ game, the boys got plenty of tackling practice. Congratulations to Derek Sorensen who was selected to play in the Warren Pitt Cup, well done. Also Pacman Jenkins and Connor Berzinski played in the Under-11s Cairns district representative team on Sunday, both playing strong games helping to earn their team the Shield. THE Under-12s were definitely awake to put in their best performance of the year to keep their season on track with a great win of 14-4 over Brothers Blue. Every player turned up to play which showed on the scoreline. Man of the match performances from Payton Adams whose move from back to dummy half had the team rolling forward with quick passes. Also Scotty Bowen’s move to back had him put in his best game of the year especially in defence. Special mention to Kyle Solomon whose defence in the middle was outstanding, also Jai Miller continues to improve in every game. THE Under-13s suffered a cruel loss to Brothers on home soil, despite leading 10-6 at half time. In the first half of the game, the Sharks defence was second to none and their attacking resulted in tries for Cody Port and Austin Tayley, with a successful conversion for Zac Osborne. Austin Tayley was back in form with gutsy tack- les and quick attacking, and Josh Bellero showed his potential with quick movement off the line and great defence. Xavian Pitt showed improvement, playing a vital role in the try scored by Austin after forcing a change of possession in the Sharks 40. Melekai Williams was again brutal in defence and Anthony Slawson made a great intercept and held up a try with help from Zac. Trazane Cobb’s pressure resulted in a knock on on the try line and Campbell Allen made some hard hits. Despite their efforts the boys went down 36-10. Man of the Match went to Austin and the Coaches Award went to Josh. THE Under-14s were defeated by Cairns Brothers 24-18 in a very entertaining but bruising game. The match started well for the home team scoring the first points of the game. But failure to complete the set from the kick off led to Brothers hitting back pretty quickly. The game was a real arm wrestle and the battle weary Sharks could not withstand the constant barrage of the big Brothers forwards. The boys never gave up though and kept trying right till the final siren. Man of the match went to Matty ‘‘Workhorse’’ Chesterfield and players player was won by Henry ‘‘the Tank’’ Miller. AN UNDER-STRENGTH Mossman Under-15s outfit took on a full strength Edmonton side. Although the Mossman boys knew they were in for a hard game they scored first and got on the front foot. After that Edmonton knew how to get round our compact defence and scored a few tries. The coach is very happy with the effort put in by all our players, never giving up or losing confidence. Man of the match honours went to Kienan Grogan who scored some tries and showed true leadership in his half time talk encouraging the boys and explaining where they can help their own games as well as the team’s. Mossman went on to score the last try of the game.