Crocs need to beat odds
THE Port Douglas Crocs will attempt to pull off mission impossible at the Port Douglas Sports Complex on Saturday when they tackle rampant league leaders Cairns Saints in what is shaping up as a do-or-die clash for them.
The Crocs missed out on a golden opportunity to claim a finals berth last Saturday when they were beaten comfortably by fourth-placed South Cairns 25.16.166 to 15.8.98.
A win over the Cutters would have lifted the Crocs to equal fourth and ahead on percentage, but the loss means they now have to win three of their last four games to be a chance for the finals.
The Crocs were still in the game at halftime but a third-quarter fade out allowed Cairns to bombard their forward zone and run away with the result.
The reserves also suffered a loss but are expected to qualify for the finals.
Port Douglas’s backline was again well led by Ben Herbert who fought hard to keep out his opponents all day but with South Cairns dominating through the midfield there was no stopping the onslaught.
Adam Boone performed for the Crocs at full-forward with five goals and Jordan O’Gorman, Joel Lawlor, Kane Freyling and Dylin Wearmouth also stood up.
Coach Brad Cooper said it was a very patchy performance which was disappointing considering what was at stake.
“Our players weren’t very accountable and they got run over,” he said.
“We didn’t play to our potential and were up against a team with a lot more experience, we just weren’t mentally switched on and didn’t come to the game with the right attitude.”
Cooper is likely to once again have to draw on his pool of junior talent for the mammoth task against Saints with another couple of players injured on the weekend.
“The closest we’ve come to them is 90 points and I think besides the one game they lost that’s the next best in the league,” he said. “We know what we’re up against.” The reserves will start from 1pm with the seniors playing from 3pm at the Port Douglas Sports Complex.
Next week is a trivia night at the club and the last home game is against the Lions on August 25 which will also be vote count night.
The club’s presentation night will be on September 28 at the Sheraton Mirage Ballroom.