Crocs shine against Saints
Show the premiership that they are a powerhouse
THE Port Douglas Crocs showed they are a premiership force with victory over the Saints in a twilight game at the Crocpit last Saturday.
The Crocs proved to be too strong for the Saints with a 13-point advantage when the final siren sounded.
It was a story in two chapters where the first half of the match belonged to the Saints and the second to the Crocs.
In a lively opening Ben Young put the Crocs first goal on the board but the Saints were quick to answer.
Both were hard at the footy with no quarter given, making for some exciting footy on the ground.
Both teams hurled themselves into the fray in the second half but the Crocs established and maintained a two-goal margin.
Crocs coach Brad Cooper was using very effective tactics to keep his boys’ noses in front.
Rapid, timely interchanges keptfreshness in the players’ legs and the team stuck well to the game plan Cooper had devised and at the threequarter- time siren had a 15-point buffer.
Better team work by the Crocs in the last quarter proved to be the magic formula needed to secure the win.
But the win was bitter sweet with a number of injuries, including Kurt Bradshaw who will be out for at least four weeks with a shoulder injury.
Joel Lawler, Andrew McLeod and Tom Bowring all received injuries also, meaning the rest of the Crocs will really have to step up.
Cooper said everyone played extremely well on Saturday night.
‘‘It was an arm wrestle but they boys got their just rewards and got over the line,’’ he said. ‘‘I’m happy with the result. ‘‘ The reserves have been playing really well and showing good form, so some of these guys will have the opportunity in the coming weeks to play at the senior level.’’
The Crocs will meet the Bulldogs on Saturday at Crathern Park, reserves at 1pm and seniors at 3pm.
‘‘The Bulldogs will be a completely different side to the one we met in round one, they have some players from the Northern Territory that we were in discussions with,’’ Cooper said.
‘‘It should be a really hard but good contest between the two teams and we are really looking forward to it.’’
The finals score for the seniors was Crocs 13- 7- 85 defeated Saints 10-12-72 with the reserves whopping winners 13-15-93 to 2-5-17.
PREMIERSHIP CONTENDERS: Saturday
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