Crocs shine against Saints

Show the premier­ship that they are a pow­er­house

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

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.

Pic­ture: NEIL WEAVERS

PREMIER­SHIP CON­TENDERS: Satur­day

the Port Dou­glas Crocs proved too classy for the de­fend­ing pre­miers on

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