Wel­come back, U16s

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

UN­DER 6

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.

Pic­ture:

First kick off for the Un­der 16s -- great to have them back!

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