Crocs puffed out

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

Brad­shaw

Kurt PORT Dou­glas Crocs took the long road to South Cairns on Satur­day and un­for­tu­nately came home with­out the points in ei­ther the Se­nior or Re­serve grade matches.

The games were played in dry, calm con­di­tions which re­sulted in a pleas­ing brand of foot­ball be­ing put on dis­play.

In the Se­niors game Port Dou­glas were ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive in the first half due to their quick- fire run­ning game down the wings, which kept the ball con­stantly lob­bing into their in­side 50 zone. Play­ers such as Mark Nug­gin, re­turn­ing to the side af­ter in­jury, Kurt Brad­shaw and Gavin Jacks, were prom­i­nent in these two quar­ters but un­for­tu­nately, the lack of a tall, high mark­ing for­ward meant that the mid-field­ers’ ef­forts of­ten went un­re­warded.

In the sec­ond half the poor use of the ball out of the Crocs’ back­line led to too many turnovers and South Cairns were able to cap­i­tal­ize on these skill er­rors.

In­evitably the pres­sure be­came too much and in the last fif­teen min­utes of the final quar­ter South Cairns were able to rat­tle on five unan­swered goals.

Crocs sup­port­ers were heart­ened by Dylin Kane’s game as he was re­turn­ing af­ter in­jury, and the knowl­edge that two new play­ers have ar­rived in town.

The Port Dou­glas Re­serves were de­feated partly be­cause of a lack of num­bers.

The team played out much of the match with only six­teen play­ers on the field and as a con­se­quence were over­whelmed.

It was great to see Michael Pid­geon, Ker­rod An­drew and Chase Nandy play their hearts out, but as with the Se­niors, the lack of a tall mark­ing for­ward meant that many of their ef­forts went un­re­warded on the score­board.

Next week the Crocs are at home to the un­de­feated Saints, so our boys will need to be on their met­tle, here’s hop­ing.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

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