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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).


: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 port­dou­glasju­nior­crocs@gmail.co 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

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