Crocs sav­age Trin­ity

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - SAM SMALLBONE

THE PORT Dou­glas Crocs are prov­ing why they are gen­uine premier­ship con­tenders with a hard-fought 41-point win over the fi­nals bound Centrals Trin­ity Beach on Satur­day.

Lead by the ir­re­press­ible Daniel Smith, the Crocs started the game slowly with the Bull­dogs throw­ing ev­ery­thing at the boys.

Smith had great sup­port from David Kruse who dom­i­nated through the mid­dle and to­gether with Ben McCart­ney, Mitch Ni­chol­son and Luke Bloom keep­ing the boys in the game dur­ing the early stages.

When the old stager, Brad Cooper was in­jected into the game the whole team seemed to set­tle and gain more con­fi­dence with his ex­pe­ri­ence and lead­er­ship.

It wasn’t long be­fore the well held Sammy Box­all and Matt Shaw started to find some goals fed bril­liantly by Timmy Karpany and Scotty Roberts.

Goal­kick­ers in­cluded Box­all with six, M Shaw six, Daniel Smith, Timmy Karpany and Justin White all with two. Luke Bloom, Brad Cooper and Matty Manns each scored one goal.

With a handy lead at the main break the Crocs held off a resur­gent Bull­dogs with some fine de­fen­sive work from young­sters Mick Doust and Jack­son Brown.

The last quar­ter saw the Crocs put the sword to the Dog­gies and run away with a well de­served 21-16-142 to 15-11-101 win.

Crocs coach Andy Vi­ola said the boys played a ter­rific game and are train­ing hard to win next week­end’s game to se­cure a po­si­tion in the fi­nals.

“The boys have been train­ing very hard and have been at­tend­ing ex­tra re­cov­ery ses­sions on Four Mile Beach to im­prove their and the Tigers.

Bris­bane have some re­ally good play­ers, the Tigers have a big player who is re­ally good – I don’t know his name.

Jonathan Brown strength,” he said. “They played a ter­rific game on the week­end but we will need to win this week­end’s game to play in the se­cond semi-fi­nal and se­cure the dou­ble chance and go into the fi­nals with a good ad­van­tage.”

Next week the Crocs face Cairns Saints at Grif­fith Park. Goal­kick­ers: Box­all, M Shaw 6, Daniel Smith, Timmy Karpany, Justin White 2, Luke Bloom, Brad Cooper, Matty Manns. Best: Daniel Smith, Matt Shaw, Sam Box­all, Timmy Karpany, David Kruse, Scotty Roberts, Jack­son Brown.

Daniel Har­ring­ton 7 years

Crocs, Bris­bane Lions took a re­ally good mark last week. Last month.

It’s re­ally fun, good ex­er­cise and great team spirit.

Cen­tres of course!

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Photo by STE­WART MCLEAN

Croc at­tack: Daniel Smith leads the charge.

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