Captains’ curse strikes Port again
captain’s curse has
the Port Douglas THE struck Crocs.
Newly-appointed captain Ben McCartney’s season is over after he had an operation on his hand earlier this week after severing a tendon in a social incident.
Club veteran Brad Lawlor and new recruit Sam Combridge, who were named co-captains at the start of the season, have already been sidelined for the year with injury.
Vice-captain Mitch Nicholson also joins them on the long-term injury list while assistant coach Matthew Noltz, who was meant to link up with the Crocs a few weeks ago, broke his leg in his final game in Victoria.
But Crocs coach Brad Cooper remains upbeat after his side notched their third win on the trot against Cairns City Lions last Saturday.
The game was fast flowing and both teams managed to score goals frequently. The second and third quarter followed the same trend and spectator interest was maintained due to the close scores.
The Crocs’ run of injuries continued with Alex Bendle sustaining a broken tibia.
Daniel Harris also tore a calf muscle in the match while full-forward Adam Boone will miss up to five weeks with a should injury.
The last quarter was a thriller with both teams giving it their best. The Crocs’ boys took out the game due to their more accurate kicking for goal in the last quarter. And again the Crocs were well served by players of the calibre of Dylan Wearmouth, Skip Gribbon and Mark Nuggin who were hard at the contest all day.
Cooper said it was a frustrating game but he was pleased with the effort of his players overall.
“The guys are getting fitter, despite the high injury toll there’s a core group of players who have had eight or nine games together now and are starting to play to their strengths,” he said.
“They’re getting to know each other after eight or nine games with a huge turnover of players from last season.
“Things are starting to come along and all we can do if get our structures right and win as many games as we can and the rest will take care of itself.”
The Crocs remain one win out of the top four and will welcome the next two weekends off due to a bye this week and the AFL match at Cazalys the following week.
The Crocs’ next game is July 21 when they will be at home to North Cairns in what is shaping up as a season-defining encounter.
PORT DOUGDOUGLAS & MOSSMAN GAZETTE, Thursday, July 5, 2012 -
Putting the boot in: Dylan Wearmouth