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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.
Flying high: Manunda Hawks play Port Douglas Crocs at Cazalys