Crocs spanked at home

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Beaten badly: Croc Luke Serong waits for the re­bound

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