Mir­a­cle needed

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Port Dou­glas Crocs need a mir­a­cle to play fi­nals football this sea­son af­ter be­ing pre­dictably hum­bled by league lead­ers Cairns Saints at the Croc pit last week.

Bril­liant con­di­tions for play­ing football greeted the play­ers at the Croc pit on Satur­day as Port Dou­glas played host to lad­der lead­ers Cairns Saints.

The Saints pro­duced a pol­ished open­ing per­for­mance and had two goals on the board in the first five min­utes.

Skip Grib­bon reg­is­tered the Crocs’ first goal af­ter re­ceiv­ing a 50-me­tre penalty. The score­board kept tick­ing over in the Saints favour but the Crocs were giv­ing it their all as they tried to pre­vent a huge Saints blowout.

In a clever pas­sage of play, a slick hand­ball from Jack­son Brown to Kurt Brad­shaw re­sulted in a timely goal to the home team. This was fol­lowed by a great in­di­vid­ual ef­fort by Daniel Har­ris for an­other.

The quar­ter time score line of Saints 7-2 to Port Dou­glas 4-3 re­flected the Crocs’ de­ter­mi­na­tion to take the match right up to the Saints.

Un­for­tu­nately for Port Dou­glas the op­po­si­tion had the bet­ter of the play in the sec­ond quar­ter and with their mid-fields and for­wards dic­tat­ing the flow of play, they stretched their lead to six goals.

The sec­ond half of the game con­tin­ued in the same vein. It was a fan­tas­tic en­deav­our from the Crocs but they were un­able to match it with the stronger Saints com­bi­na­tion. Gavin Jacks did a re­ally great job in forc­ing the ball for­ward but the Crocs’ goals were hard to come by.

Try as they might, the lo­cals were un­able to stop the vis­i­tors from pil­ing on a large score. The loss to the Saints con­firmed that Port Dou­glas will be un­able to sneak into the top 4 and fea­ture in the fi­nals this year.

Port Dou­glas Re­serves had a closely fought tus­sle and the game re­mained in the bal­ance un­til well into the fi­nal quar­ter. Sam Evans was fea­tur­ing for the Crocs with his long kicks pen­e­trat­ing deep into the for­ward line. It was only in the last 15 min­utes of the match that the Saints proved the stead­ier and ran out win­ners.

Ja­son “Harry” Wilkie’s five goal haul took his sea­son’s tally to 74. The Crocs re­serves are as­sured of play­ing fi­nals.

Next week Port Dou­glas will travel to Cazalys to do bat­tle with the Ma­nunda Hawks. Se­niors: Port Dou­glas 9-13-67 were de­feated by the Saints 29-14188. Goals: S Grib­bon 2, M Nug­gin 2, J Smith, R Han­ley, D Har­ris, C Wil­liams and K Brad­shaw. Best: K Freyling, D Wear­mouth and B Her­bert. Re­serves: Port Dou­glas 7-3-45 were de­feated by the Saints 9-14-68. Goals: J Wilkie 5, D Lawrence and J Caswell. Best: J Ram­say, M Pid­geon, K Zam­mataro, C Nandy, H Bog­ice­vic and A Mitchell.

Dock­ers\ Suns My Dad likes them.

Gary

Hugo El­li­son

All

rounder

Ablett Jr Kicked four goals in my first game and took a specky

This

year

I get to hang out with my friends from Port

Cen­tre

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Heads up: Cam­bell Tickell

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