Rain fails to dampen en­thu­si­asm of ju­niors

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Crocs 1.0 (6) Cairns Saints 15.15 (105) Crocs 0.5 (5) Cairns 10.12 (72)

A GOOD crowd turned up at Port Dou­glas to watch the Crocs host Hawks and Saints ju­nior teams.

Both of th­ese clubs ap­peared to have some tal­ented in­di­vid­u­als.

It was ex­cit­ing to see the Crocs show the lo­cals some tough grit, de­ter­mi­na­tion and skil­ful dis­plays through­out the day.

If the par­tic­i­pants con­tinue to come to train­ing kids, we can see the im­prove­ment in all sides as the weeks progress.

It was a hive of ac­tiv­ity in the can­teen and great to see so many volunteers will­ing to help make the day a suc­cess.

The next week we are at the Croc pit again so come along, have a feed at the can­teen and sup­port our fu­ture AFL su­per­stars.

Par­ents don’t for­get to wear your run­ners so you can as­sist in um­pir­ing and run­ning wa­ter, your help is greatly ap­pre­ci­ated by all at the club.

We con­tinue to en­cour­age more play­ers to join the club in what is be­gin­ning to be an ex­cit­ing 2017. Come on down to the club on Tues­day or Thurs­day to give AFL a try.

Con­tact club at port­dou­glasju­nior­crocs@gmail.com also like and fol­low our Face­book page for all up to date in­for­ma­tion.

Week 4 and Ruck­work was un­der the mi­cro­scope as the skills ses­sion iden­ti­fied some al­ready skilled tap spe­cial­ists. The Aus­kick­ers also proved to be ex­cel­lent rovers read­ing the ball out of the ruck con­test. Bounc­ing the ball is the skill for week 5.

Crocs un­der 8 Navy were ex­tremely ex­cited to play their first home game at the Croc Pit. The boys tried hard against a good op­po­nent in very wet con­di­tions. Pos­ses­sions and goals were hard to come by with the heavy rain. The sec- ond quar­ter saw two goals booted by Cooper. It was great to see Harper get in there and play his first game for the Crocs.

In wet con­di­tions the Crocs learnt how AFL is played in the south­ern states mi­nus the hu- mid­ity. The team seemed de- ter­mined from the out­set to show off their con­tested skills learnt at train­ing on Thurs­day. It was an even con­test through­out the game and eas- ily Whites best game for the year. The half­time hud­dle dur- ing a down­pour seemed to be most ex­cit­ing part of day for the team and high­lighted what the game is all about ... fun! Goal­kick­ers: Os­car 3, Aaron 1.

In what was cer­tainly the high­light of the day, a flood of 18 Crocs goals was seen by an ex­cited home crowd. Fol­low- ing a goal feast in the first half the game ap­peared to be on level terms. In the premier­ship quar­ter the Crocs pro­duced a su­per dis­play of team­work re- sult­ing in mul­ti­ple goals to Ash­ton, Camp­bell and Mi- chael. The boys were hot and tired by the last quar­ter, how- ever still played fan­tas­tic foot­ball. Cooper G pulled down some strong marks. Goal­kick- ers: every­one kicked at least one goal in an awe­some team dis­play.

The Crocs played their first home game against the Hawks on Sun­day morn­ing led by cap- tain of the day Jack-Ken­ney Nimmo.

The boys were out­classed but put up a great fight with ter­rific foot­ball be­ing de­mon- strated by Thero Boyd and Locky Lane. We will work harder at train­ing this week, work on stay­ing on our oppo- sition player and hope­fully bring home a win in front of the home crowd next Sun­day. per cent re­pelling many Hawks at­tacks. Tom McNally was our gun of the day re­fus­ing to give up and Dean and Bray­den did ev­ery­thing the coach asked of them. Jamie H was The first home game of the im­pres­sive in the back pocket. sea­son saw the mighty un­der We are im­prov­ing weekly with 13s take on a well drilled Cairns dif­fer­ent play­ers show­ing their Saints team. The Crocs started tal­ent through­out the first 3 well with the open­ing goal rounds. scored by Jonte. The Crocs bat­tled on match­ing it with the Saints in an out­stand­ing last quar­ter.

Wet con­di­tions greeted the un­der 15s against the Hawks. Our boys fought hard with Jake R lead­ing from the front for the whole game. Chas was dom­i­nant across half-back tak- ing some very strong marks. Char­lie and Jake S gave 100

Crash! Af­ter our hero­ics from Round 1, the Saints were too fast, strong and de­ter­mined for us. With in­juries and ill­ness af­fect­ing the team, the Cap­tains led by ex­am­ple but only a few fol­lowed. A de­ter­mined ef­fort and some hard run­ning in the last quar­ter was a re­deem­ing fac­tor. Our skills and attitude will be the fo­cus at train­ing this week.

Port Dou­glas Ju­nior Crocs Un­der 8 White play­ers soak up more than the at­mos­phere dur­ing last week’s fix­ture.

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