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RUGBY LEAGUE – MOSSMAN SHARKS JU­NIORS

Un­der 6: In White Rock on Satur­day and we trav­elled with our full com­ple­ment of play­ers. The first game was full of per­form­ers and our de­fence was rock solid. Zane Lang­ford led the charge, earn­ing him­self man of the match. Our sec­ond game was no dif­fer­ent, so many of our 5 year olds stand­ing up and get­ting stuck in. It was hard to choose but Oshen Gawthorne showed why he is go­ing to be a men­ace next year when he is a “big kid” in Un­der 6, earn­ing man of the match.

Un­der 8: The team scored con­vinc­ing back to back wins over Ivan­hoes and Yarrabah, the young Sharkies re­turn­ing to their red hot best af­ter a cou­ple of un­con­vinc­ing wins over the last cou­ple of games. Their move up de­fence was on show in a big way with wave af­ter wave of blue jer­seys shut­ting down every op­po­si­tion play, re­sult­ing in the team let­ting in no tries which left coach, fam­ily and friends very im­pressed and proud. Man of the match went to Mis­eron, who has straight­ened up his run­ning game and as al­ways his de­fence was solid and al­ways brings a com­pet­i­tive edge to his game. Dwayne’s move up de­fence was the best he had pro­duced all year, backed up by Coops and the rest of the team fed of their ef­forts. Chae­lyn and Leben shut down every run down their op­po­site sides with some out­stand­ing tack­les. The side set their goal of go­ing three years un­de­feated and have one more game to achieve that — the coach so proud of every player in the side. Well done.

Un­der 9: Over­cast con­di­tions in White Rock saw us up against our old ri­vals in Ma­reeba again. We didn’t get off to a very good start with Ma­reeba scor­ing the first two tries of the day, how­ever that brought a shift in at­ti­tude of the mighty Sharkies tack­ling ev­ery­thing that came their way. A special men­tion to Rhett for be­ing a great club man and play­ing for the U10s to help them out and then came back to play for his own side. Cher­i­ne­sha scored a cou­ple of fan­tas­tic tries dodg­ing and weav­ing through the Gla­di­a­tors, Joel again out­stand­ing with his foot­ball, Tyla laid some bone crunch­ing tack­les was a plea­sure to watch. Ol­lie played his best game for the sea­son not let­ting any­thing past him and run­ning hard and straight, earn­ing him player of the day. Ash­ton in his first sea­son as a Sharkie played his best and fi­nal game for the year, do­ing his bit for the team tack­ling and hold­ing his line. Jake was sen­sa­tional from dummy half, con­trol­ling the ball when we had it and re­ally giv­ing our side the best op­por­tu­nity to score. Let’s have a rip­per last game at red­lynch and get ready to take on the Paul Bow­man Chal­lenge in Proser­pine.

Un­der 11: The team trav­elled to Bent­ley Park last Satur­day to take on Yarrabah for the first half and Ivan­hoes for the sec­ond half of their game. Yarrabah def­i­nitely pos­sessed skill and speed, and when the ball went wide the Sharks cover de­fence was tested sev­eral times. The Sea­hawks scored some great tries af­ter slic­ing through the Sharks line mak­ing the team scramble to get back and at times the Sharks were run off their feet. How­ever when the Sharks got some pos­ses­sion they man­aged to pile some points on of their own, fight­ing back through strong run­ning up the mid­dle gain­ing good field po­si­tion scor­ing tries off the back this. The sec­ond half against Ivan­hoes be­came a bit of strug­gle. The speed of the first half took some puff out of the Sharks, and Ivan­hoes came on fresh with some big strong play­ers. ’Hoes even­tu­ally ran away with the points but the Sharks never stopped try­ing to the fi­nal whis­tle. This was ev­i­dent when Ian Billy who was the smallest player on field, chased the big­gest player on the field from Ivan­hoes from one try line to the other, and pushed him out of play to stop him from scor­ing. The Sharks crowd went wild. Strong games were had by Liam, Saxon and Es­mond Bowen who all tack­led their hearts out, and special men­tion to Cooper who showed tough­ness to play on af­ter cop­ping a good whack. Char­lene Mene’ Whap earned the coaches award for an­other great ef­fort with her strong charges, and Bonita Solomon picked up player of the match for an­other out­stand­ing ef­fort in both de­fence and great ball run­ning in at­tack, show­ing the boys how it’s done.

Un­der 14: It was a warm after­noon when the team took on the Tully Tigers at Bent­ley Park Col­lege, on Satur­day but the lads were re­ally fired up and look­ing to get a win. It wasn’t a great start to the game, how­ever,with the Sharks los­ing the ball in the first set and hand­ing the Tigers ex­cel­lent field po­si­tion to score their first try. The Sharks, as al­ways, kept fight­ing to get on top of the Tigers but too much dropped ball cru­elled any of their chances and the Tigers won the day, 32-4. There were some real stand­out per­for­mances by some of the Sharks boys with Kee­gan White, Tor­rian Ocean, Kane Gray, Con­nor Black and Heath Dun­can all re­ally work­ing hard for the team. Work­horse Kee­gan also picked up the man of the match and play­ers player awards.

Un­der 16: Well boys this was our sec­ond time play­ing Ma­reeba and it could not have been more dif­fer­ent. We started slow and let Ma­reeba run away with the game in the first half. We just could not stop the roll that they had and this re­ally hurt us points wise. But to your credit, we came back and won the sec­ond half 10-8, thus prov­ing that you can mix it with any­body. First half there was no ef­fort and we paid badly but the ef­fort in the sec­ond half was re­ally good. If we put the two halves to­gether we will beat Ivan­hoes in the last game and fin­ish on the win­ning note. You de­serve to boys. Next week we would like ev­ery­body to be at the game for pho­tos so don’t miss out on your last game to­gether this year. Try scor­ers: Zion (1), Lachy (1). Goals: Abela (1) .

MOSSMAN GOLF CLUB

:Mossman Golf’s Tues­day event was won by Ge­orge Page with 42 points and Chas McSween in 2nd with 39 points and Dave Nes­bit fin­ish­ing in 3rd with 38 points. NTP’s - Dick Deans on 6, Matt Car­mody on 8, Phil Hol­loway on 10, Ken Bad­de­ley on 13 and Ge­off Par­menter on 17. Wed­nes­day 9 Hole Comp was won by Neil Foard with 20 points. NTP’s - Ray Ben­netts on 6. Thursday’s Ladies event was won by Tr­ish Landy with 35 points, Max­ine Leigh in 2nd with 33 points and Glenda Chris­tensen in 3rd with 32 points. NTP’s - Julie Hooker on 6, Tricie Batkin on 8 and Robyn Flem­ing on 13. Friday 9 Hole Sporters was won by Daniel Lan­caster with 21 points and Bren­don Woods run­ner-up with 19 points. Satur­day’s Event was 4 BBB Stable­ford with 41 en­trants. The win­ning team for the day was War­ren Bishop and Stephen Leak with 46 on a count back to Adam Lu­cas and Tris­tan Ball with 46. NTP’s - John Norris on 6, John Norris on 8, Shane Mc­Carthy on 10, Wayne Baster on 13 and Shane Mc­Carthy on 17. Sun­days event was 2017 Mixed Fou­somes. Win­ners for the 2017 Gross was John Cameron and Shona Bar­bour with 137 off the stick and in 2nd Wade Dun­can and Mikaela Good­win with 138. Win­ners for Nett, Couper SMith and Lisa Smith with Nett 115 and in 2nd Rus­sell Hooker and Julie Hooker with Nett 150. Nom­i­na­tions for our Hat­field Elec­tri­cal Clas­sic are now open, so put your nom­i­na­tions in.

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

The proud Mossman Sharks Un­der 16s

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