Ju­niors are run­ning hot

Crocs sweat it out in sea­son opener

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

IT’S been a great start to the ju­nior AFL sea­son in what is an ex­tremely hot part of the year to be play­ing AFL. Good num­bers turned up for all the grades in round one, but more play­ers are en­cour­aged to join the club in what looks like an ex­cit­ing 2017.

We are par­tic­u­larly keen on re­cruit­ing fe­male play­ers for all grades fol­low­ing on from the suc­cess of the in­au­gu­ral AFL women’s com­pe­ti­tion, which is show­cas­ing the best fe­male AFL tal­ent across Aus­tralia.

The coaches and team man­agers ap­pre­ci­ate the help in­clud­ing wash­ing the jumpers, cut­ting or­anges and run­ning wa­ter pro­vided by the par­ents dur­ing the week. Com­mu­nity spirit is what makes the Crocs and AFL a stand out.

Come on down to the club on Tues­day or Thurs­day to give AFL a try.

Con­tact club pres­i­dent Trevor Man­der­sloot for more in­for­ma­tion on 0437 290 507.

Auskick is in Port Dou­glas on Fri­days at 4pm and in Moss­man on Satur­days at 9.30am.

The first two weeks of Auskick have focused on the main in­gre­di­ent of AFL, which is hav­ing fun.

The fo­cus was on learn­ing the es­sen­tial skills of kick­ing and hand­balling. This week’s skill will be the art of mark­ing.

UN­DER 8 CROCS NAVY V’S NORTH CAIRNS BLACK

Un­der 8 Navy took on the Tigers at Wat­son’s Oval. The rain did not stop the boys with Ethan, Harry, Kobe and Cooper all kick­ing goals. The boys played some ex­cit­ing footy and their teamwork was ex­cep­tional. As al­ways it was great to see new Crocs: An­gus, Parker and Quade played their first game for Port.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to this week’s award win­ners Mar­cus, An­gus and Quade.

Un­der 8 Crocs White vs Cen­tral Trin­ity Beach White

Un­der 8 Whites had a tough ini­ti­a­tion to sea­son 2017 against a well drilled Bull­dogs out­fit. In the last quar­ter it was ex­cit­ing to see from de­fence the team force their way for­ward with all play­ers touch­ing the ball.

Some great for­ward pres­sure from Kira as­sisted Arlo Miller in kick­ing the team’s first goal for the sea­son. Cadel, Raife and Arlo Jones had plenty of touches, step­ping up to the faster un­der 8s with great sup­port from the more ex­pe­ri­enced Aaron and Kane.

Play­ers of the week were Cadel, Aaron, Kira and Arlo M.

UN­DER 9 CROCS VS NORTH CAIRNS

Footy is back with the Un­der 9s play­ing the Tigers at Wat­son’s Oval in blaz­ing hot con­di­tions. The first quar­ter saw Harry kick three quick goals and Cooper take an ex­cep­tional mark. Michael showed plenty of dash and fin­ished the game with a mas­sive goal. Well done boys and thanks to all the helpers on the day.

Player of the week awards went to Camp­bell, and new play­ers Joe and Michael.

UN­DER 13 CROCS VS CAIRNS HAWKS

The Crocs 2-0-12 lost to the Hawks 6-6-36. Right from the first bounce the Crocs seemed focused and played great team foot­ball. Jack, Conor and Jonte were out­stand­ing as were first game play­ers Ja­cob and Leo. A fan­tas­tic team ef­fort played in very hot con­di­tions re­sulted in two im­pres­sive team goals. Goal kick­ers were Ewan and Jack.

Play­ers of the week Ja­cob, Charlie and Colen.

UN­DER 15 CROCS VS NORTH CAIRNS

Crocs 2-0-12 lost to North Cairns 17-17-119.

The Un­der 15s played a strong North Cairns team at Wat­sons Oval. In hot con­di­tions the team showed great en­deav­our and gave 100 per cent in what was a great team ef­fort. With a new bunch of kids play­ing to­gether for the first time we can only im­prove on this per­for­mance. we are more than proud of the way the boys played.

Goal kick­ers: Keanu Scotts Speck­man and Jamie Hud­son

Play­ers of the week were Charlie Dowl­ing, Jake Sher­well and Keanu Scotts Speck­man.

Port Dou­glas Ju­nior Crocs Un­der 8 Whites, round 1

Port Dou­glas Ju­niors Un­der 9 round 1, 2017

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