Every match, every round

Wednesday 4 April 2012

Every match, every round

The support for junior AFL continues to impress with our valued contributors filing these match reports from Under 8s through to U16s.


Played on a magnificent Sunday morning with Watson’s Oval bathed in full sunshine, the mighty Port Douglas Crocs Under 8s again put up a very encouraging and strong performance against Cairns Saints.

The most pleasing aspect to come out of the game was the way the boys continually moved and shared the ball around to bring other players into the game.

Game day captain Angus “Kernahan” Van Rooyan was instrumental in all playing positions and was well supported by both Sam “Tuck” Wall and Kai ”Baker” Durie. Daniel “Carter” Harrington was again tremendous down back and rebounded effectively.

The mosquito fleet of Ethan "Diesel” Scott, Hayden “Ballantyne “ Caswell (who kicked two telling goals) and first game player Kalan “Jarman” Poole kept the crowed entertained with some zippy 

Coach’s awards went to Kai, Hayden and Kalan.


It may have been April Fools Day but the Under 10s Crocs weren’t fooling around against Pyramid Power this week.

The Under 10s showed that sharing the ball around equals team goals with a smashing score of 13. All members assisted in every goal and the team improved with each quarter.  

Goal kickers were Scott Cooper (1), Jamie Hudson (1), Dean Laurence (4), Anthony Long (3), Jacob Rich (1) and Casey West (3).

Awards were given to Anthony Long, Sam Corrie and medal to Jake Sherwell. 

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Crocs V Saints – Round 4

In hot and humid conditions the Under 12 boys took on the Cairns Saints in what turned out to be an excellent game of football.

After finding their feet in the first quarter, the ball started moving freely out of the centre through some good run from Daniel Davidson and long kicking of Ben Muia.

The hard work in the middle of the ground was then rewarded as Joel Bowen displayed his prowess as a full forward, converting two goal opportunities in the first half.

Reduced team numbers allowed regular Under 10 player, Casey West to play up a level and he took full advantage of the opportunity to demonstrate his speed and agility on the wing.

With others rallying around him the ball moved forward again, allowing Tyson Lynch to secure a terrific goal in the third term.

At three quarter time the Crocs led by 5 points but were outplayed in the final quarter by the Cairns Saints who ran away with a few late goals.

Crocs goal kickers: Joel Bowen (2), Daniel Davidson (2), Tyson Lynch, Ben Muia.


Although losing by 2 goals the Under 14s played a very hard fought, evenly matched game of football this week.

In hot conditions it would have been easy to give up but they gave their all right to the end keeping the supporters on edge.

All players in the backs must be credited the way they fought tirelessly time and time again to keep the very fast and slippery opposition from scoring major points.

They pushed the ball back to our midfielders who demonstrated their ability to play some classy running football setting up scoring opportunities for our forwards who were leading hard to space creating options and taking some strong marks.

First year player Sean Evans backed himself in taking a couple of great marks and kicking a goal. With a couple more games under his belt he will become a very competent player.

Welcome back to Finn who is a mobile, strong marking player who combined well with Tully and Harry Brown in the forwards who both finished with goals to their names.

Tully played centre half forward well, presenting himself as a strong target both in the air and over the ball.

Best on ground players Jack Dixon, Quinlon Cannon and Tom Goodall were in everything and I am sure that their desire to win the ball lifts the whole side.

Well done to Jarrah Wren who has been given the role as captain, reward for his efforts both at training and on game days. Jarrah takes over from Giles Hanley who played his last game for us and will be sorely missed as he and his family move to Brisbane. We all wish you the very best.

It is great to see the number parents and supporters getting behind the boys this year and I am sure that your continued support is appreciated by the team and is driving them to give their best.
It is also great to see the boys are keen to stay training over the holidays to stay in touch and be that little bit fitter for when we start again on 22 April.

Goal scoters - Harry Brown 2, Quinlon Cannon 2, Tully Cartwright 1, Sean Evans 1, Angus Dixon 1
Awards - Giles Hanely, Tom Goodall, Tully Cartwright and Harry Brown

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Round 3 - Port Douglas Crocs vs Pyramid Power
Final Scores: Crocs 14-14-98 def Power 1-1-7

Following a big week on the training track the boys fronted up against the old foe in Pyramid Power at Crathern Park on Friday night. 

Unlike the first two rounds we were quickly out of the blocks building a substantial lead by the first break. With Brett McKeown’s ferocious tackling and Charlie’s slick ball work in the middle of the ground our forwards saw plenty of the ball.

On the odd occasion the ball went into our defence, Eathan “The Wall” McCullough sent almost everything back again.

With a number of the lads competing in a cross country earlier in the day, I thought we’d run out of steam but to their credit they toughed it out and went on to record our first victory for the season.

On that form I suspect there will be many more.

Best Players: Brett McKeown, Charlie Williams, Eathan McCullough and Nathan Evans.  A special mention also to Jackson Riley who acquitted himself very well in his first game.
Goal Kickers: Brett McKeown 3, Aiden Albert 3, Jake Muir 2, Zac Stewart 2, and one each to Jackson Riley, Charlie Williams and Shawn Pierce