Welcome back, U16s
Our Under 6’s under the guidance of Coach Billy Quaid took to the paddock with gutso and played great rugby league on Saturday against Redlynch Razorbacks. The kids ran around learning the great game of rugby league and having heaps of fun out on the paddock.
Our baby Sharks came away in front for the day and Marley was named Man of the Match for his efforts. UNDER 7 In the Under 7’s the kids backed up last weekends wins over Edmonton and Mareeba with convincing wins over Suburbs and White Rock, the veterans of the side Leben, Kia, Flynn and Chaelyn welcomed new Sharkies Wylem, Ella, Miseron, Dwayne and Ryan to the side. Coach Billy Adams is so proud how quickly this side has become mates.
All are ready to play footy for each other. Man of the match for last weekend goes to Miseron Whap who in his first game with the team was outstanding in both defence and attack and looked to really enjoy the contest.
This weekends Man of the Match was Wylam Thorburn who also in his first game was outstanding and was well supported by the big guns Chaelyn, Leben, Kia and Flynn.
Coaches most improved went to Dwayne Marawili who will improve with every game he plays. With the side having numbers now it will be a great season of footy. UNDER 8 The team’s first game was against a skilled Suburbs outfit; the kids held them well with Rhett managing to score back to back tries, while Shannyn, who never lets the boys get in her way, scored a try and Samual scored his first try for the Sharkies. Tyla, Joel, Ollie, Kezron, Jake and Cherinesha didn’t stop trying the whole game.
Man of the Match went to Caleb Uerata. In the second game for the day against Redlynch, the play was a bit easier and our kids played with structure. Tyla and Joel scored three tries each in an outstanding display of footy brilliance.
Ollie, Cherinesha, Kezron, Samual, Caleb, Jake and Shannyn tried really hard under extremely hot conditions. Our thoughts and best wishes goes to Rhett Hawking Elliott who had a scare with a head knock. Man of the Match for this game went to Tyla Osborne, the try scoring machine. UNDER 9 The Under 9s played the White Rock Cannons on a waterlogged ground. In hot and muddy conditions the young Sharks gave the Cannons a real mauling, showing they will be a strong team in the season ahead.
Kyjuan Walker, Jill Mamarika, Mal Gibbens and Colby Wilkinson all had improved games. At half time the team was told their jumpers are too clean, so go and get muddy.
All the team had a great time and were well led by Jermaine Ryan, Zavan Salam and EJ Bowen. Man of the Match went to Mal Gibbens for his great effort in both attack and defence. UNDER 10 The Sharks were a bit short on players on the weekend, however our awesome under 9’s backed up and put in a credible performance in very hot weather. Up against a very speedy Suburbs, the Sharks were on the back foot early after conceding a couple of tries.
Zavan, Kyan and Caleb all made good charges up field.
Young ladies Bonita Solomon and Mashontae Wacondo both put in solid contributions on the day along with Khyannah Walker who showed great improvement after only her second game.
EJ Bowen showed some great skill at first receiver and formed a good combination with Saxon Vizard. Ryder Smith also continued his outstanding form.
Man of the Match went to Caleb Brown. UNDER 12 In the Under 12 game against Suburbs, the Sharks went down 12-6 against a very physical Suburbs side. With a number of injuries in a hard game of footy, the Sharks did their best to keep their heads up until the end of the game.
In their second game against Redlynch, the Sharks came back determined to bring away a win. The Sharks pulled together and showed improvement in their game to bring home a 12-6 win. Tries were scored by Tyson Osborne and Kaelen Marr with successful conversions. UNDER 13 The team played their second trial game of the season and took on last years premiers Redlynch in one half and Suburbs in the other.
First up was Redlynch and the Sharks started well but as the game went on, handling errors and too much defending wore out the young Sharks and they fell to Redlynch 28 nil.
In the second half, the Sharks started well again and were able to get over the try line before Suburbs could but handling errors early in the sets following handed good field position to Suburbs and they crossed the line twice before the Sharks Struck again.
It was a tight tussle to the end and the Sharks just went down to Suburbs 16-14. Big games were had by Heath Duncan, Jimmy Smith, Jaxon Norman and Lafe Hatfield.
Brodie Watkinson and Keegan White continue to improve in their first year of footy and it was good to see Harry O’Gorman Petrack back doing his big barnstorming runs. UNDER 16 The Under 16s played their first trial game of the season against Suburbs and Ivanhoes.
Against Suburbs they jumped out of the blocks to put on two tries before Suburbs could get past the halfway line. Handling errors by the Sharks helped Suburbs back into the game and it stayed close to the end with the final score 16 all.
Try scorers were Zac Osborne, Marley Schacher and Phoenix Solomon with conversions by Callum Mather. In the second half, the Sharks had to contend with a much larger and fresh outfit from Ivanhoes.
This time it was Ivanhoes who jumped out of the blocks and skipped away to a commanding lead. But in the wet the Sharks did themselves proud with some hard running and stinging defence.
Although they came close several times, they weren’t able to cross ‘Hoes’ line. The final score was 28 nil. It was excellent to see this age group running around again, as they have some good tough kids in and special mentions must go to Marley Schacher, Callum Mather, Campbell Allen and Cole Watson for impressive first up games.
First kick off for the Under 16s -- great to have them back!