Crocs jug­ger­naut rolls to­wards fi­nals

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Climb­ing high: Matt Shaw es­capes the clutches of two op­po­nents to grab an­other mark

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