Crocs plough on
THE Port Douglas Crocs Football club has made a strong start to its foray into this season’s final series with wins for both seniors and reserves
The Seniors managed to overcome the Cutters in their first semi- final 11- 18- 84 to 8-11-59 and the Reserves were too strong for the Tigers in their second semi-final encounter, with a final score of Crocs 13-11-89 defeating the Tigers 5-13-43.
In the Seniors match the Cutters kicked with the aid of a strong wind and managed to break out to a four goal lead by controlling most of the play.
They teamed better, led to the ball and reaped the rewards.
To the Crocs’ credit they re-grouped and booted five goals in the second quarter and got themselves back in the hunt with a tenpoint lead at the long break. In the third quarter the Cutters made good use of the wind, drilled through four goals to the Crocs’ one and snatched the lead back.
A five goal to nil scoring spree told the tale. Coach Brad Cooper did an excellent job in settling the boys down after an indifferent display early and his tactical moves paid off. Dylan Wearmouth, Adam Boone and Ben McCartney got on top in defence.
Ben Saunders, Brett McKeown and Kurt Bradshaw led the surge forward through the mid-field and Kaza and Ben Young were dominant up forward. Joel Lawlor, in arguably his best game of the season, put the icing on the cake by sprinting out of defence and letting loose a long bomb which goaled.
Nine players shared the goal-scoring which showed how well the entire group teamed together.
The Reserves game which was played under lights in drizzling rain was a hard slogging no-questions-asked affair. The Crocs had first use of the wind, but the Tigers out-scored them three goals to two, and the Crocs knew there was plenty of work to be done. By halftime things looked dire for the Crocs as the Tigers had a 17-point break which was significant in a low-scoring game. Coach Heff rallied his troops at half- time and the boys responded magnificently.
A six goal to one effort in the third quarter handed the lead to the Crocs for the first time in the match.
The last quarter was a triumph for the Crocs as they rattled on five goals to nil even though they were kicking into the breeze.
It was a great effort by such a young team and their discipline never wavered.
It was a great team effort with everyone contributing to the win.
Next week the Seniors play the Tigers at Cazaly’s in a must-win preliminary final - the match starts at 3pm.
The Reserves go straight through to the grandfinal which will be played at Cazaly’s the following Saturday.
Crocs took the game to the Cutters