Crocs put in top performance
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