Crocs put in top per­for­mance

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

THE Port Dou­glas Crocs re­turned to the win­ning list with a con­vinc­ing vic­tory over Cairns City Lions at the Crocpit on Satur­day.

The stan­dard of play was ex­tremely good given the dif­fi­culty of con­tend­ing with the swirling wind.

The open­ing quar­ter was an ab­sorb­ing con­test with both teams evenly matched. Jack­son Brown kicked a delightful open­ing goal and the Crocs were away. Team­work sud­denly clicked with the mid­field­ers push­ing the ball into the for­ward 50. Tom Bowring goaled from a 50m penalty, Craig Shaw kicked the first of his 10-goal haul for the day, An­drew ‘‘Bucket’’ Ma­cleod chipped in with one and Adam Boone was on the end of a smart piece of play by Gavin Jacks for an­other.

With Lukas Teas­dale out in­jured, Brad­don Kaza­koff was a very suc­cess­ful re­place­ment in the ruck. In the sec­ond quar­ter the Crocs con­tin­ued to ap­ply ex­treme pres­sure on the Lions and de­fied the strong wind to keep scor­ing goals.

Jack­son Brown had an ac­cu­rate shot from the bound­ary, then great eva­sive work by Kurt Brad­shaw re­sulted in a nice pass to Mark Nug­gin and a goal.

The wind built in in­ten­sity in the sec­ond half but nei­ther team al­lowed their con­cen­tra­tion to lapse.

Craig Shaw was us­ing his height to ad­van­tage. In his 101st se­nior ap­pear­ance for the club, Ben McCart­ney put in his usual bul­lock­ing per­for­mance while Dy­lan Wear­mouth was bob­bing up every­where and team­ing bril­liantly to keep the pres­sure on. Cap­tain Adam Boone was putting in a non-stop ef­fort.

The ball was con­stantly be­ing swept into the Crocs’ for­ward zone with long, ac­cu­rate kick­ing and some fan­tas­tic over­head mark­ing was a big im­prove- ment on their last out­ing.

Con­fi­dence was sky high and the score board kept spin­ning like a Las Vegas jackpot ma­chine.

The fi­nal score was a whop­ping 138 point win. Crocs 30-11-191 de­feated Lions 8-5-53.

Goal kick­ers of the day were Shaw 10, Bowring 4, Ma­cleod 3 and J. Brown 3, M. Nug­gin 2, A. Boone 2, D. Cross 2, B. Kaza­koff 2, M. McKe­own , K. Brad­shaw. Best play­ers were Nug­gin, Kaza- koff, Ben­dle, Boone, Shaw and Ma­cleod.

In the re­serves con­test the teams were evenly matched and at three­quar­ter time there was only a four-goal dif­fer­ence in the score line with the Crocs in front. Chasely Nandy grabbed some great marks and found the goals and Ja­son ‘‘Harry’’ Wilkie kept bob­bing up and adding to his tally of ma­jors. It was pleas­ing to see Mitch Ni­chol­son out on the pad­dock for his first match af­ter a long spell through in­jury. The Crocs thor­oughly de­served their win, with great con­tri­bu­tions from Ker­rod An­drews, Corey Barter, Chad Ber­tram and Will Rat­cliffe. Matthew Gard again rucked well and booted some long bombs. Fi­nal score was Crocs 14-15-99 de­feated Lions 6-1-37.

The Crocs’ next game is at Fretwell Park against South Cairns Cut­ters on Satur­day.



the Crocs were too tough for the Lions on Satur­day

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