Crocs start hard

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

AF­TER a t o u g h and de­mand­ing pre­sea­son, the mighty Port Dou­glas Crocs Un­der-8s were keen to hit the ground run­ning for their first game of the year against the Bulldogs at Crathem Park on Sun­day.

Field­ing many first-year play­ers and high draft picks, coach Matt Scott was ex­tremely pleased of the tal­ent at his dis­posal.

Af­ter an even and ner­vous first quar­ter, the Bulldogs came out hard in the sec­ond q u a r t e r and opened up a handy lead.

The mes­sage must have rang true at half time as the Crocs looked like a new team and quickly kicked three goals in as many min­utes to swing the match back into Crocs’ favour.

New re­cruit Gus was a stand­out, sup­ported with fel­low first year play­ers Jai, An­drew, Jessie, Jack, Tyler, small Taj and Jet­son.

The ex­pe­ri­ence wise heads of Big Taj with his crack­ing left foot pre­vented many Bulldogs at­tacks and the in and un­der skills of Kalan, Ethan and Luke kept the vo­cal crowd en­ter­tained.

Coach’s awards went to Jai, Gus, Tyler and Jet­son.

The Crocs Un­der-14s had a cracker of a game on Sun­day, beat­ing Cen­trals Bulldogs 10.9.69 to 9.2 56.

The Crocs were up by five goals to zero for first quar­ter show­ing great team plays with plenty of hand balls, kick­ing and tack­les.

The Bulldogs came back in sec­ond quar­ter scor­ing three goals to Crocs’ one.

It was a tight game and very ex­cit­ing to watch, the Bulldogs scor­ing three goals in third quar­ter to the Crocs’ two and in fi­nal quar­ter t hey scored an­other three goals to the Crocs’ two. But Crocs had the drive and pulled through in the end. Scor­ers were Dean McCarthy 2, Ben Muia 2, An­gus Dick­son, Finn Cameron, Char­lie Burns, Lester Port and Hugo Walker. Best Play­ers were Tom Goodall, Dean McCarthy, Drew Bayne Ben Muia and An­gus Dick­son.

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