A tough round in the heat for Crocs

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

Round three’s game was in hot and hu­mid con­di­tions. In a tough bat­tle against the Saints ruck­work and long kick­ing were the stand out fea­tures. A plane fly­ing nearby di­verted some of the player’s at­ten­tion while they de­bated if it was a real or re­mote con­trol, a fly­ing red sher­rin nearly hit­ting their heads put an end to that de­bate. Once again our de­fen­sive side of the game is im­prov­ing. Great team­work re­sulted in Cooper kick­ing the goal of the day.

Player of the week awards went to Harry, Xavier and Camp­bell.

Navy was against a very solid and de­fen­sive Saints out­fit. The Crocs were per­sis­tent and ran hard all day. Cooper, James and Alex all kicked goals. Kobe, Ri­ley and Caleb were the award win­ners. It was a great ef­fort by all the boys!

It was hot, it was tough and ag­gres­sive as the Crocs trav­elled to Wat­sons Oval for their first hit out against the Saints! Os­car Cooper and Tyler Radley put points on the score­board early but the lead was short lived when the Saints an­swered back with a few quick goals. The tack­ling was hard the bumps were bru­tal but that didn’t stop our boys from do­ing what they know best with Jesse Kiddy and Ben John­ston both slot­ting it be­tween the sticks! Locky O’Lochlin and Taj Uw­land dom­i­nated the third due to the bril­liant cen­ter clear­ances form cap­tain Tris­tan Pot­tle. The Saints were fresh head­ing into the fi­nal quar­ter uti­liz­ing their in­ter­change but great de­fen­sive work from the John­ston Twins, Tim and Ben kept the op­po­si­tion at bay.

The Crocs U15s took on the North Cairns Tigers at Wat­son’s Oval. The Crocs had a tough as­sign­ment in the heat with a few play­ers miss­ing and no bench to rest play­ers. Ryan Doble, Mar­ley Brown, Daniel David­son and Chas Allen all started well win­ning plenty of ball in the mid field. For­wards Lach­lan Mouse, Nathan Deu­ble, Asher Shaw and Jake Read all worked hard to pro­vide good tar­gets.

With the backs Noah Short, River Howsen,Tom Har­vey and Jack John­son all pres­sur­ing their op­po­nents well, it al­lowed Max McClel­land and Reuben Al­li­son the op­por­tu­nity to run for­ward.

With the scores close at three-quar­ter time the boys lifted in the last term to earn a well de­served first win for the sea­son. Great ef­fort by all the play­ers. Fi­nal scores Crocs 7-4-46 de­feated Tigers 4-3-27. Goal kick­ers Ryan 3, Mar­ley 1, Daniel 1, Asher 1 and Lachy 1. On Fri­day an un­der­manned Port Colts side played Pyra­mid Power but showed real ticker and fought the whole game. By the thrid quar­ter they were only three goals be­hind. Un­for­tu­nately the Power boys, with the ex­tra bod­ies, scored four goals to Colts’ one and fin­ished the game well ahead. None­the­less the Port boys put to­gether a cou­ple of real high­lights.

Fi­nal score Port: 4.5.29 def by Power 11.14.80

Awards were: Braden Wall and Rory McHugh

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