Defending premiers give Crocs a shake
THE Port Douglas Crocs were given a scare by defending premiers Saints but kept their unbeaten record intact at the Crocpit last Saturday.
After the Crocs raced away to a five-goal lead in the first quarter, the Saints started to fire and edged to within five points of the Crocs at the main break before the home side reasserted its dominance to sneak away again.
Crocs coach Andy Viola said his players paid the price for not maintaining the tempo in the second half.
“Good sides will do that to you if you slacken off and Saints are a good side, that’s why they’ve won the last two premierships,” he said.
“But it was a credit to our boys they did respond and didn’t panic and were able to maintain their structures and get the win.”
Viola singled out fullback Daniel Fisher and ruckman Brennan Beall for putting in for the whole game while Daniel Smith and Paul Minchington also stood up for the Crocs.
Forward Matt Shaw booted six goals to take his season tally to 88 with two games remaining and Viola has backed his main target to reach triple figures.
“Shawy’s capable of getting the 100 this week even,” Viola said.
“He kicked 12 a few weeks ago and the Hawks are a bit lacking in quality defenders.
“In saying that, we’re not going to be taking the Hawks lightly as they are still a chance to finish second if they can get on top of us so they’ve got plenty to play for.
“It will be good to play them down at Cazaly’s because that’s where the finals will be played.”
The Crocs reserve grade side were thumped by Saints and are now equal second on the ladder with Norths.
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