JUNIOR SPORT RESULTS
Round 5 match reports Under 6: The kids took centre stage on Saturday and all performed so well it was hard to choose the best. Player of the day went to a hard working Tyler Smith, and it was hard to go past Chase Connolly for the first man of the match for being brave and returning to field after being hurt. Our other man of the match for the day went to the hard running, hard hitting Reckarl Hobbler.
Under 8: The Sharkys had a top of the table clash with the mighty kangaroos who were unbeaten for the year, but again the teams move up defence was to much for their bigger forwards with the young sharkys winning 7 tries to 2. The game showcased some great runs and also outstanding defence from both sides, the stand out highlight was seeing both sides line up and shake hands, smile and congratulate each other on a great game of footy. With the team back to full strength which they had to be to match the power and speed of roos the team just went out and do what they do every week play hard footy and have fun. Man of the match went to chaelyn whos speed and footwork helped himself to a couple of great tries and also his side defence with leben shut down a lot of scoring chances from the opposition. Coaches mention to the U16’s rep players for helping out and also teaching the team the team song which players, family and friends really enjoyed.
Under 9: What an experience for the U9 Sharkies, playing on the main field in front of a home crowd and they didn’t disappoint that’s for sure. They certainly turned their form around this week and played a team game, started sharing the ball around and trying things we had been doing at training. Joel was sensational with utter strength and footy smarts to hold roos up from scoring right on the line was inspirational, he also scored a couple of tries weaving his way thru the roos defence despite being unwell. Tyla had another cracking game scoring and laying some hard tackles that lifted the teams confidence up. Lleyton scored his first try in sharkie colours great team effort to get him over the line. Was great to see Rhett back playing his first game of the season we have missed you out there. Encouragement awards went to Jake and Rhett Player of the day couldn’t be split Joel and Tyla. the result was outstanding winning 8 tries to 4! Let’s continue were we left off this week. Go Sharkies!
Under 11: For the second week in a row the Junior Sharks enjoyed the experience of playing another home game. There was a real buzz around the ground as families began to fill the sidelines ready for some footy action. The U/11s game was a major improvement on the previous weeks performance with all players showing up on time and ready to go. Up against Kangaroos, the first half of the game was very even with both teams showing some strong defence and determined running. Fletcher, Marshontae and Charlene all done a good job getting the team going forward while Saxon, Garence and Bonita were starting to find some space out on the edges. Just before halftime the Sharks began to dominate the game scoring twice through a hard running Chad Raymond and, at the halftime break, the Sharks game plan seemed to be coming together. However after losing Chad just before halftime to injury, and a referee who decided to start penalising the Sharks at any given opportunity, the team started to lose momentum and the second half was a tough battle. To the team’s credit, they fought hard right to the final whistle. Cooper Morana put his body on the line and took down a Roos big man with a huge hit in the dying minutes of the game. Saxon Vizard couldn’t be denied the coach’s award this week for another huge effort. And Bonita Solomon was Player of the match after she put in another determined performance.
Under 13: The team took on competition heavyweights Roos. The boys stuck to the plan and actually had a perfect completion rate for the whole game which is very pleasing. Unfortunately our defence couldn’t hold the Roos’ attack out for whole sets and they ran out convincing winners. To our credit the boys never gave up Man of the match this week went to Fynn White.
Under 14: The team started the game against Kangaroos Blue, on Saturday, like a completely different team — confident, extremely hard running and dominant in defence, jumping out to an 8-nil lead within the first 10 minutes. But bad injuries to two of the Sharks big metre eaters saw the lads lose confidence, momentum and good go-forward and the Roos boys made them pay. The second half was all Kangaroos and the Sharks lost a hard fought game 42-8. Most of the boys had huge games. Players player went to tackling machine, Connor Black.
Under 16: Well what a difference a few more players can make. We had 15 this week and were able to rotate a few and make it easier on everyone. The Sharks started well and got out to an 18 nil lead at half time which was pleasing but we slipped off the pace a little at the start of the second half and let Roos back in the game. With five minutes to go the score was 18-12 and roos were charging but the boy’s desperate defence and another try to RJay secured a really good hard win. The first for a long time. YOU will benefit from this boys if we back it up next week which I am sure we can. Remember we had two players out this week, hopefully back next week. We are really building a good bond boys so keep it up, stay positive and play for each other. Man of the match was Zion with another hard working effort and as always followed by Kaanju who filled in at Hooker and did a great job. He is becoming a really good player and can play a number of positions. Special mention to everyone else, great to see everybody doing their job, which makes it easier and gets results. Try scorers RJay(3), Zion (1) Goals Abela (4).
JUNIOR CROCS, RND 8
:The Crocs played host to the North Cairns Tigers and were certainly up for the contest following a successful Pink in the Tropics round. Conditions were perfect and goals appeared to be flowing with clean and skilful football on display. The players’ fitness levels are definitely improving and it’s hard to know if the training, or time spent at the yet to be opened Pump Track is what’s elevating these levels. Imagine when the track officially opens how fit our junior Crocs will be by the season’s end. Parents rejoice, the kids are back out exercising with Xbox and Play Station being a thing of the past! Keep encouraging the crew to maintain this new fitness regimen of training, playing AFL, followed by a session at the Pump Track. Who knows, they might even elect to go to sleep early, giving mum and dad some free time to communicate with each other. The Colts begin this weekend on Wednesday night at the Croc Pit. The Under 9s and 13s have a bye, while the Under 11s and 15s have the pleasure of playing at Cazaly’s. The Under 8s will meet in a showdown on Thursday afternoon to decide if Navy or Whites are the superior team. Contact club at firstname.lastname@example.org m also like and follow our Facebook page https:// www.facebook.com/ portdouglasjuniorcrocs/ for all up to date information.
Under 8 Crocs Navy vs North Tigers Black: Under 8 Navy were very impressive at home against the Tigers. Everyone tried hard with some exceptional run and ball handling. Finn dominated up forward, Harry provided plenty of voice but the highlight of the game was Kai booting the first goal of the game with a huge celebration and a very proud dad. Goal kickers Kai, Finn, Ethan, Parker, Cooper and Harry. Players of the week Kai, Quade, Cooper and Marcus. Under 8 Crocs White vs North
Tigers Yellow: Whites got off to an excellent start with 3 goals in the first half. Aaron sent through two long bombs to add to his bank account and Raife slotted one from long range with confidence. Arlo Miller continues to consistently display his marking skills. Well done to Kane, Raife, Satchin and Kirra who showed great sportsmanship by playing for the Tigers. This week lets show Navy who the number 1 Under 8s side is in town. Goal kickers – Aaron 2, Raife 1. Players of the week – Aaron, Cadel, Saige and Raife. Under 9 Crocs vs North Tigers: The Under 9s had another even contest against the Tigers at home. Well done up forward to Caleb as the multiple goal kicker for the day, Joe stood tall in defence and Campbell got plenty of the ball. Goal kickers - Joe, Matthew, Cooper Olsen and Caleb. Players of the week –Joe, Matthew and Lane. Under 11 Crocs vs North Tigers: Thero opened the game with a clever quick goal, and the Crocs U11s never looked back! The boys worked hard together, displaying superb team spirit throughout the game, with up to five of our own players helping out the opposition at times. Three goals to Thero and two to Harry, both boys took out awards for their outstanding play. Sammy played a consistent and strong game with fearless tackling, while Oscar never hesitated to get in on the action, demonstrating good accuracy in his ball skills. We welcome Anzac to the Crocs, his first game was a cracker! Overall it was a good solid game of footy, with that team spirit really shining through and helping deliver a great victory. Keep it up boys! Goal kickers – Thero 3, Harry 2. Under 13 Crocs White vs North Tigers: We scored! They say a week is a long time in footy, how about playing four consecutive weeks without scoring. Well the mighty Under 13 Port Douglas Crocs finally hit the score board on Sunday, in perfect conditions at the Croc Pit. The crowd went crazy as Daniel kicked truly after the quarter time siren and was quickly mobbed by his team mates. The boys played well in patches and showed they can match it with the better sides, particularly in the third quarter when they showed great forward pressure and locked the ball in for repeated periods. However in the end, North’s were too good and took home the 4 points. Goal kickers –Daniel & Sam. Players of the week – Ethan, Zane, Locky, Hayden, Daniel and Sam. Under 17&1/2 Crocs Colts vs Cairns City Lions Crocs 0-1-1 lost Lions 12-8-80: Our three best players from last week withdrew, we seemed to lose heart and team work was non-existent. Our captain Brayden tried to lift his team but few responded. Lachy worked hard all night in the ruck. Brent and Ron were in and under at the centre bounces and Rex did his usual good work down back. Jack showed courage and marked well. Ryan ran to the contest when needed. The third quarter and last half was much better than most of the first half. We have room for improvement. Go Crocs! Players of the week - $20 Rattle & Hum Brayden, $15 Sportspower Lachlan.
Zavan Salam in the Sharks Under 10s