Crocs march for­ward

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

Geneva Gil­bert 8 No set po­si­tion Bris­bane Lions and Colling­wood

Bris­bane Lions be­cause it’s a Qld team and Johnathon Brown plays for them and Colling­wood be­cause they are an awe­some team - the best!.

Johnathon Brown Played and kicked a goal in an Aus­kick game on the MCG at half time dur­ing last year’s AFL grand fi­nal in front of 100,000 peo­ple.

2010 Aussie Rules is the best game and I just love to kick the footy around even though I am a girl and have got spina bi­fida.

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