Crocs need to beat odds

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

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