Un­der 8 and un­de­feated

Moss­man ju­niors amass 50 wins on the trot!

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Shane Ni­chols

THE Un­der 8 Moss­man Sharks have a team song that’s about win­ning to­gether and los­ing to­gether, but in their past 50 matches – 2½ sea­sons of footy – the los­ing bit doesn’t ap­ply.

Coach Billy Adams couldn’t be prouder of this spe­cial group of play­ers who have now amassed this as­ton­ish­ing record of 50 con­sec­u­tive wins.

And, he says, they’ve done it like cham­pi­ons, with good spirit and heart, and won­der­ful sports­man­ship.

It started three years ago with a core group of Chae­lyn Bowen, Flynn Mackay, Kia Brown and Leben Adams, joined in the next cou­ple of years by Wylen Thor­burn, Mis­eron Whap, Cooper Broadley, Gemma Brooks, Da­jarn Hob­bler, Alex McDon­ald, Hunta Baird, Dwayne Marawki, and Lony Gib­son.

They grew into an amaz­ing team. Billy could see it right from the first sea­son, in which they went un­de­feated.

“I knew I had a strong de­fen­sive side,” said Billy. “The team love to tackle and at times at train­ing I’ve had to wipe away the odd bloody noses and some tears.

“They are only young but as a team they are ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive, with a cou­ple of the play­ers stand­ing up as lead­ers. They showed friend­ship and en­cour­age­ment to the new play­ers who came along and joined the side.”

They don’t know about los­ing ex­cept that when it hap­pens they will ac­cept it with a smile. It’s only a game.

“At times, as the coach, I just want them to have fun, but they take a team scor­ing a try against them very per­son­ally.”

Some­times they have been down on num­bers but that hasn’t changed the out­come ei­ther.

With pre-sea­son and reg­u­lar fix­tures un­der­way, last week­end the side played the best from the two Broth­ers sides, notch­ing their 50th vic­tory on the trot.

Billy Adams, in his 20th year as a ju­nior coach at the Sharks and now pres­i­dent, reck­ons it’s time the district kne, how good a footy side they have in this team.

“They are the first to clap to­gether if an op­po­si­tion player gets hurt and leaves the field, and also to shake the hands of play­ers af­ter the match,” he said.

Of course, there is a band of helps and sup­port­ers be­hind any top team.

Billy points to Wade Broadly and Brenda Solomon at League Safe, and not least, the moth­ers who take home the jerseys and have them ready for the next week’s game, and the fam­i­lies who do so well to get the play­ers to each match – mostly away from Moss­man.

“Well done, kids,” said Billy. “Up the Sharkies!”

Moss­man Sharks Un­der 8s 2017: L-R, front: Flynn Mackay, Kai Brown, Toby Brown, Alex McDon­ald, Dwayne Marawili. Mid­dle: Wylen Thor­burn, Gemma Brooks, Cooper Broadley, Leben Adams. Back:Wade Broadley and coach Billy Adams (Ab­sent: Hunta Baird, Chae­lyn Bowen, Mis­eron Whap, Davarn Hob­bler and Lau­rence Gib­son)

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