Crocs fin­ish game strong

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

Spec­ta­tors were treated to an ex­cit­ing ex­hi­bi­tion of fast, flow-on foot­ball at Hol­loways Beach on Satur­day as the Crocs re­turned to their win­ning ways.

Cairns City Lions were at home to Port Dou­glas Crocs and both teams are to be con­grat­u­lated for play­ing out the match at such a sus­tained level of in­ten­sity.

The match started in very blus­tery con­di­tions with the first two goals go­ing to the Lions who were kick­ing into the wind.

A goal to Mor­gan Lane started the Crocs cam­paign and Dylin Wear­mouth, Kurt Brad­shaw and Luke Serong were full of run­ning but were un­for­tu­nately let down early by in­ac­cu­rate kick­ing for goal.

Coach Brad Cooper dobbed a nice one for the Crocs to level the scores. A good pick up by Ben Her­bert at half-back and his quick run-on re­sulted in a goal to Luke Serong.

The Lions quick re­ply had the game all tied up at quar­ter time.

The Crocs play­ers ob­vi­ously ab­sorbed Brad Cooper’s ap­peal to raise the tempo through the mid­field, as their greater ef­fort saw the Crocs pile on the first four goals in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Jules Smith was do­ing very well in the ruck and giv­ing his smaller brigade first use of the ball.

Soon the Crocs had reg­is­tered a five goal lead and at half time ev­ery­one was left won­der­ing whether this mar­gin would be enough to en­able the team to re­turn to the win­ning list.

It was the Lions who started the third quar­ter full of run­ning and scored an early goal.

Kane Freyling for the Crocs was do­ing his ut­most on his wing to keep the pres­sure on. Sud­denly the Crocs cranked it up a notch.

All over the ground play­ers were div­ing in head first for the ball - rapid chains of ac­cu­rate kicks and hand passes be­came the norm and was pretty to watch.

Goals to Luke Serong, then him again, then Coops, then Luke yet again, the Crocs were run­ning amok de­ter­mined that there would be no fade.

A great seven-goal burst in the final quar­ter en­abled the Crocs to run out easy win­ners 21.14.140 to 7.15.57.

It had been a great per­for­mance from the Crocs and they truly de­served their win.

Once again the Croc Re­serves have ac­quit­ted them­selves ex­tremely well in their match against the Lions.

The half-time score showed the game well in the Crocs boys’ grasp with Port Dou­glas lead­ing 18-6-114 to the Lions 1-2-8.

As the wind was swirling all over the place Ja­son "Harry" Wilkie was blitz­ing them at full­for­ward hav­ing booted ten by half-time.

Sam Evans was do­ing well with four by half-time, even coach Dar­ren Wall kicked his req­ui­site one goal for the year.

It was a bril­liant team ef­fort with ev­ery­one team­ing well and play­ers win­ning on ev­ery line.

Our next ma­jor event is the Bulls Cricket Day on May 19, this is a great day with stacks of past le­gends such as Al­lan Bor­der and Jim Maher play­ing along­side blokes like Wen­dell Sailor. The Crocs are run­ning the bar on the day and a great day is as­sured.

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