Crocs spanked at home
THE Port Douglas Crocs proved no match at home to North Cairns at the Croc Pit last Saturday.
Acting captain Ben Mccartney led the Crocs team on to the oval to start the match.
North Cairns leapt out of the stalls full of running and did all of the early scoring.
They had the assistance of the wind but inaccurate kicking for goal kept them within the Crocs’ reach.
After North Cairns had registered two majors, Crocs first gamer Hugh Spring brought up the home team’s first.
Persistent tackling by the Crocs during this first term kept North to a three-goal lead at this time and the opening minutes of the second quarter showed that the visitors were travelling a little better than the Crocs.
As the quarter progressed North managed to get on top in most posi- tions on the ground.
Injuries to Crocs players Michael Mckeown and Rohan Hanley made the Crocs’ task very difficult.
Kurt Bradshaw and Dylin Wearmouth were playing their usual gutsy hard ball games but they lacked assistance.
The second half showed more of the same - the Crocs were struggling to get into the contest.
Port’s defenders were under constant attack, but a nice mark and goal to Scott Hamilton momentarily revived some hope for Port Douglas.
In the final quarter some excellent team work between Skip Gribbon and Luke Serong resulted in a goal and then another to Daniel Harris helped lift team morale but unfortunately it was not to be the Crocs’ day.
In the end the Crocs lost 12.7.79 to 20.21.141.
Best players for the Crocs were Kurt Bradshaw, Scott Hamilton, Dylin Wearmouth and Brad Cooper.
The Reserves match was an enthralling contest.
North Cairns shot out to a sevengoal lead at quarter time but the Crocs clawed their way back into the game to leave it all even at three-quarter time.
The last quarter went goal for goal with North Cairns clinching victory by one goal, 10.7.67 to 9.8.62.
It was an excellent performance yet again from Jason Wilkie with seven goals.
Next week the Crocs have a bye but will be running the bar at the Queensland Bulls cricket match at the Croc Pit on Saturday.
Beaten badly: Croc Luke Serong waits for the rebound