Jnr Crocs wrap up sea­son

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

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.

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