Jnr Crocs wrap up season
AFL is proving to be an expanding code throughout Queensland with the games participating numbers growing across all areas including the Port Douglas Crocs.
With 130 local kids registering to play AFL this season along with an Auskick program run at the club, AFL is providing our local kids from ages five to 18 with not only the opportunity to learn football skills but also a great way to meet new friends.
There were many highlights this year for the Junior Crocs.
One of the biggest was the introduction of light towers at the football club which has enabled the Under-16s and Under-18s teams to play games at home under lights for the first time on Friday nights.
With local crowds cheering these boys on both teams had great wins with the Under-18s making it through to the preliminary final.
Under-18s player Michael McKeown capped off a great season for the team by winning the Cairns AFL Best and Fairest award.
The club also hosted seven Sunday home games for our Under-8s to Under-14s teams which gives the kids the privilege of playing in front of a home crowd nearly every second week.
Weekly highlights were many, from high marks to kids kicking their first goals.
The Under-8s team coached by Matthew Scott had the thrill of playing at half time in the Gold Coast Sun v Richmond game at Cazaly’s in July.
This season the club also had 12 players make it into representative teams. These boys were able to showcase their skills across the state and beyond with four of the boys playing for Cairns Lions in Melbourne against their local representative teams.
Three players - Tom Goodall, Finn Cameron and Angus Dickson - were chosen for the Country Kookaburras team to play in Brisbane while Daniel Davidson was selected to play for Queensland at the national championships.
Daniel’s selection was the third Queensland representative player the club has produced in three years which is a tribute to the club’s coaches.
Three Junior Crocs have also been selected in the Gold Coast Suns academy which offers these boys a pathway to an AFL career.
The club would like to thank all the various businesses that have supported us throughout 2013. This generous support enables the club to provide the best possible environment for all the kids to enjoy their football.
With a new committee in place for next season the Junior Crocs are looking forward to a successful and prosperous 2014.