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.
Ablett Jr Kicked four goals in my first game and took a specky
I get to hang out with my friends from Port
Heads up: Cambell Tickell