Cutters savaged in Croc pit
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.
Great mark: Skip Gribbon defies gravity before palming the ball off to a team mate (inset) scoring a wonder goal