Crocs march forward
THE Port Douglas Crocs’ push for a major semi-final berth almost came unstuck with a narrow 16.14.110 to 13.21.99 win over North Cairns on Saturday.
While the Crocs rested several key players to freshen them up for a tilt at the premiership in the coming weeks, Norths came back strongly in the second-half to capitalise on injuries suffered by the visitors and almost steal a win which would have made the Crocs’ path to the major semi-final very difficult.
With the game played in cold, damp conditions and a blustery wind blowing, the Crocs suffered an early setback with Daniel Harris twinging his hamstring in the warm-up and able to play for only 15 minutes.
Sammy Boxall revelled in his return to the seniors and kicked an early 50m goal while Daniel Smith’s disposal was at its delightful best.
Kane Uebergang exerted extreme pressure in the midfield and Jackson Brown’s early aerial work was great to watch and the Crocs went into the first break with a four-goal lead.
In the second quarter Mitch Nicholson was heavily involved while Matt Manns made his presence felt in his 51st game for the club.
Boxall kept finding the goals up forward and the Crocs kicked away to a seven-goal lead before Port Douglas dropped in intensity as Uebergang also went off for the remainder of the game with a hamstring strain.
Crocs coach Andy Viola said he would again rest a handful of key players against Cairns City Lions this Saturday to ensure they are fit for the finals. Northern Territory recruits Relton Roberts and Brenton Bading will also take no further part in the Crocs’ premiership campaign after returning to Darwin.
But the Crocs will welcome back Brad Cooper, Tim Karpany and Scott Roberts on Saturday as the Crocs try to hit top gear before taking on finals contenders Centrals and Saints in the final two rounds.
“Saturday was one of those days when we got away with an ugly win, which I’d much prefer to a pretty loss,” he said.
The Crocs reserve grade outfit continued to smash their opposition with a 17.23.125 to 1.1.7 win over North Cairns on Saturday.
The reserves remain undefeated this season and their efforts have been all the more impressive in recent weeks as several of their best players have been called up to the seniors.
Sam Evans played his 100th game for the club while coach Darren Wall even had a run. This is the last home game for the year for the Crocs on Saturday and the club will also celebrate Ladies Day.
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