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Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

PORT Dou­glas Crocs jour­neyed to Cazalys on Satur­day to take on Ma­nunda Hawks. Con­di­tions were near per­fect for foot­ball with warm sun­shine and a slight breeze.

Skip Grib­bon pounced on a loose ball in the opening minute of the game to regis­ter the Crocs’ first goal. The over-use of hand­ball by the Crocs’ boys al­lowed the Hawks in for two ma­jors. Jack­son Brown re­sponded for Port which lifted the team spirit. The Hawks’ bet­ter po­si­tional play en­abled them to take a two-goal lead at quar­ter time although Crocs’ de­fender Joel Lawler had de­fended well.

The Crocs kicked into the wind in the sec­ond quar­ter and with great work from Gavin Jacks and Mark Nug­gin they lev­elled the scores. Both teams played ex­cel­lent foot­ball in patches; first one side as­cen­dant and then the other. By mid sec­ond-term the signs for the Crocs were good. Kurt Brad­shaw, Mark Nug­gin, Dylin Wear­mouth and Kurt Cad­man all cranked it up a notch and their for­ward pushes put 5 goals on the board for The Crocs.

The Crocs were start­ing to get more use of the ball in the third quar­ter. Luke Serong scored af­ter a 50me­tre penalty and Port were well on their way. Goals to Dylin Wear­mouth and Skip Grib­bon had the sup­port­ers in an ec­static mood. Dylin kicked an­other and then Jack­son Brown. A great quar­ter by the Crocs. Faster, fit­ter, stronger. An­other five goal term.

The Hawks drew first blood in the fi­nal quar­ter, but Skip Grib­bon con­tin­ued to play an ab­so­lute blinder, crash­ing through packs, sprint­ing away from his op­po­nents. The Crocs main­tained their four-goal lead and re­fused to wilt. They con­tin­ued to play great, in­tense foot­ball to the end.

In the end the Ma­nunda Hawks 15-10-100 lost to Port Dou­glas 16-16-112.

Goals: J. Brown 4. K. Brad­shaw 2. G. Jacks 2. D. Wear­mouth 2, S. Grib­bon. J. O’Gor­man. M. Nug­gin. D. Kane. L. Serong. D. Har­ris

Best: D. Wear­mouth, S. Grib­bon. P. God­sell. K. Brad­shaw. J. Brown. M. Nug­gin.

In the Re­serves en­counter the Crocs made a bet­ter fist of the game and through per­sis­tent, hard at the ball ef­fort had the game well in hand by three-quar­ter time. They main­tained their five goal lead till the end. Coach Dar­ren Wall was heart­ened by the boys’ re­turn to the win­ning list.

Ma­nunda Hawks 4-8-32 lost to Port Dou­glas 9-9-63.

Next week Crocs are at home to Cen­trals.

Photo by MIKE WATT

Fly­ing high: Ma­nunda Hawks play Port Dou­glas Crocs at Cazalys

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