ON the weekend the Narooma Devils played the Moruya Sharks in the first round of the preseason competition.
The first grade team was defeated by a well drilled Moruya outfit, with the Narooma lads trying hard to lose 24 - nil after the final hooter.
Players to perform were Josh Schaefer who pulled off the hit of the game on the Moruya front rower who barely took part after.
Taylor Alley had a great game and was in everything, he received the Narooma Devils players player award.
Tony Tyrell had an excellent game carting the ball up the field with great vigour. He received the Coaches award.
“Looking at the game now I would say it was only a trial and rested a few players and trailed others out of position, well done boys,” Devils president Jaime Wright said.
Reserve grade went down 20-16 in a tremendous effort.
“Most of these boys have not played in many years and it was great to see so many players wanting to participate,” Jamie said.
Young Ali Elmasri at only 17-years-old played like an inspired man and got the man of the match.
Daniel Smith the Devils AFL convert showed speed and toughness and received the coach’s award.
“It was good to see the Stenhouse boys play so well and they will surely push for first grade during the year.
“Special mention must go to the two old boys Robert ‘Larps’ Pender who tried hard and also our tenacious captain coach Jason Hextell who led from the front and defies time to still be so competitive for a 53 year-old - well done buddy,” Jaime said.
The girls were also unlucky going down 14-10 after drawing level with only minutes to go then conceding a try on the bell.
Players to play well were Stacey Hall who had a blinder and even did four tags in a row at one stage. Karly White showed that she has lost nothing in her two years out of the game and tried right to the final whistle.
“All the girls played well with a lot playing their first game ever,” president Jaime said.