Cap­tains’ curse strikes Port again

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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 -

Photo by MIKE WATT

Put­ting the boot in: Dylan Wear­mouth

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