Crocs juggernaut rolls towards finals
THE Port Douglas Crocs will rest several key players this weekend as their charge towards the 2010 CAFL premiership continues to gather steam.
Norths had no answer to the Crocs juggernaut at the Crocpit last Saturday as the home side kicked away for an easy 22.11 (143) to 11.12 (78) victory.
Forward Matt Shaw was unstoppable for the Crocs, shaking off defenders at will to kick 12 majors.
Midfielder Brad Cooper had the ball on a string for the Crocs with plenty of support from Caydn Beetham and rover Daniel Smith.
Crocs coach Andy Viola said his players continue to sharpen their skills and prove their dominance.
“Shawy had a day out on Saturday, he was like a bully out there,” he said.
“They tried to double team him but he just shook them off and kicked goals at will.
“He missed a couple of easy ones and probably could’ve kicked 15.
“Coops destroyed them through the midfield and Daniel Smith got plenty of ball for us.”
The Crocs take on the Cobras in Cairns on Saturday and Viola is keen to give some of his key players a rest in the lead-up to the finals.
“We’re by no means taking the opposition lightly but I’ll probably rest some of our rep players who haven’t had a break for months,” he said.
“It will give them a chance to freshen up and also provide a few of the younger players a chance to step up and stake their claim for a place in the side for the finals.
“The Cobras had a good win over the Hawks on the weekend so they’re in form but we might change things around a bit to expand our options for the finals.”
One player the Crocs won’t be able to call on is teenager Jimmy Astill who injured his shoulder against Norths and is expected to miss at least one month.
The Crocs reserve grade side showed they are also a big premiership threat with their 27.10 (172) to 3.6 (24) demolition of Norths.
Climbing high: Matt Shaw escapes the clutches of two opponents to grab another mark