Crocs downed by Tigers

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

THE Port Dou­glas Crocs’ premier­ship as­pi­ra­tions came crash­ing to ground at Cazalys on Satur­day when they were out- pointed by North Cairns Tigers.

The Crocs went into the match qui­etly con­fi­dent that they could take the game right up to the Tigers, par­tic­u­larly af­ter their strong show­ing against Cut­ters the pre­vi­ous week but it was not to be.

The Crocs started the match well and in the first quar­ter en­tered their for­ward 50 zone more fre­quently than their op­po­nents. Ben Saun­ders was par­tic­u­larly prom­i­nent and with Mick McKe­own, Kaza and Ben Young all scor­ing goals the scores were level at the first break.

The sec­ond term was a heart­breaker for the Crocs. Pres­i­dent Andy Smith and his com­mit­tee, along with the loyal band of sup­port­ers, were wit­ness to a pun­ish­ing ef­fort by the Tigers which swept the Crocs play­ers aside. The Crocs were kept goal­less for the quar­ter while the Tigers slammed on 8. They out-ran, out-mus­cled and out­teamed the hap­less Crocs.

Try as he might coach Coops could not pull a rab­bit out of the hat to re­verse the flow of play. At the long break the Crocs were 9 goals in ar­rears.

To their credit the Crocs strove valiantly in the third and with play­ers such as Brett McKe­own, Dy­lan Wear­mouth and Daniel Cross do­ing much bet­ter, the Crocs outscored their op­po­nents 4 goals to 2.

Un­for­tu­nately there was to be no fairy-tale end­ing.

The Tigers re-grouped and fin­ished the game full of run­ning. The story on the score-board was an ac­cu­rate re­flec­tion of the game.

The Crocs’ scor­ing at­tempts were al­ways on the end of very strong pres­sure from the Tigers. All too fre­quently the Tigers ran into an open goal and kicked ac­cu­rately.

For the Crocs to fin­ish third on the lad­der in a sea­son in which so many of their play­ers were work­ing out of town and thus caus­ing nu­mer­ous weekly per­sonal changes, it was an out­stand­ing ef­fort.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Kaine Freyling who made his 100th ap­pear­ance for the club last week.

Tigers 21-8-134 de­feated the Crocs 9-16-70

Best: B. McKe­own. M. McKe­own. D, Wear­mouth. D. Cross. S. Boxsell. B. Saun­ders

Goals: M. McKe­own 2. B. Kaza­koff 2. H. Spring. C. Shaw. B. Young. S. Boxsell. M. Nug­gin.

Pic­ture: VARGH­ESE REGI

HAND­BALL: Crocs Adam Boone passes the ball

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