Crocs start hard
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.