Cut­ters sav­aged in Croc pit

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

PORT Dou­glas Crocs wel­comed South Cairns Cut­ters to the Croc Pit on Satur­day for their first home game of the sea­son and con­di­tions were ideal for a solid game of footy.

The Crocs hit their straps early and from the out­set dis­played a de­ter­mi­na­tion which sug­gested the team wished to atone for their first-up loss last week, and kick­ing with a slight wind ad­van­tage, the Crocs slot­ted through the first four goals.

The for­ward line was work­ing far more ef­fec­tively with Ben Mccart­ney fea­tur­ing. New­comer Skip Grib­bon’s aerial work was as­ton­ish­ing and to com­plete a scin­til­lat­ing first quar­ter of foot­ball by the Crocs, Skip pulled down the mark of the cen­tury, leap­ing into the air, twist­ing around his op­po­nent to grab an amaz­ing chest mark, and fin­ished off by kick­ing a great goal.

Spec­ta­tors were treated to a bril­liant quar­ter of foot­ball that high­lighted the im­por­tance of to­tal team ef­fort and it was re­flected on the score­board: Port 7-2-44, South Cairns 1-2-8.

The sec­ond quar­ter started well for the Crocs. Skip Grib­bon was at it again then over to Brad Lawlor who booted a goal. The Croc’s mosquito fleet were run­ning their op­po­nents off their legs. Rowan Han­ley, Kurt Brad­shaw, Mark Nug­gin and Kurt Cad­man made sure the foot­ball was re­peat­edly pushed into the Crocs’ for­ward fifty.

Mitch Ni­chol­son led a much tighter bunch of de­fend­ers who kept re­pelling any op­po­si­tion for­ward ef­forts. Ac­cu­rate, nicely weighted foot pass­ing con­tin­u­ally gave the Crocs first use of the ball.

The wind picked up in the third quar­ter mar­ring the spec­ta­cle some­what, but again it was the Crocs who ad­justed bet­ter. Goals con­tin­ued to come from the ex­cel­lent team ef­fort. It was hard to pick in­di­vid­ual good play­ers with so many con­trib­u­tors do­ing their bit.

Julius Smith was win­ning in the ruck and Pa­trick God­sell was do­ing fine things on the for­ward line.

Kurt Cad­man and Dy­lan Wear­mouth, the son of a for­mer Colling­wood cham­pion Ron­nie Wear­mouth, con­tin­ued to shine. As the dif­fer­ence in the scores widened, the steam went out of the game.

The last quar­ter was played at a more leisurely pace as the mem­bers of both teams be­came fa­tigued but the Crocs’ sup­port­ers had cer­tainly been treated to a won­der­ful game of foot­ball.

The final scores were: Port Dou­glas Crocs 22-11-143 de­feated South Cairns 8-1159.

The Crocs’ re­serves had set the tone for the day by record­ing their sec­ond win of the sea­son un­der some­what dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances. An un­der­manned Crocs’ team bat­tled valiantly against a bet­ter equipped South Cairns team.

It wasn’t un­til the third quar­ter that the Crocs were able to gain the as­cen­dancy, and full marks are due to them for claw­ing their way back into the game with Luke Bloom tak­ing con­trol of the mid­field, the Crocs fin­ished full of run­ning to seal vic­tory by 13 points.

Re­serves final score: 9-1266 de­feated South Cairns 8-5-53.

Next week the Crocs jour­ney to Grif­fith Park to take on lad­der leader Saints.

Pho­tos by NEIL WEAVERS

Great mark: Skip Grib­bon de­fies grav­ity be­fore palm­ing the ball off to a team mate (inset) scor­ing a won­der goal

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