Crocs dish it up to Dogs
Port swings into gear in front of big home crowd
THE Crocs’ inaugural Pink in the Tropics game for cancer awareness went totally to script on Saturday, with more than a thousand people – many in the colour of the day – there to witness the Crocs bury the Centrals Bulldogs.
In a day of records for the club it was the Crocs out of the blocks early thanks once again to midfield group of Brett McKeown, Pete Bury, Sam Scally, Todd Shapter and com- Port Douglas Crocs 16.9-105 def Centrals Trinity Beach Bulldogs 9.862. Goal kickers: K. Chapple 6, A. Macleod 3, G. Jacks 2, A. Davidson 2, P. Bury, B. Mayne, H. Graham Best players: J. Hobbs, B. McKeown, P. Bury, A. Davidson, D. Kelly, H. Graham
pany who relentlessly drove the ball into the forward 50, finding a rejuvenated Andrew MacLeod for a couple early with the Crocs taking a 16 point lead into quarter time.
The second quarter saw the Crocs pull further away, adding another five goals with Johnothan Hobbs back from injury and Declan Kelly repelling the attack across half back.
The “Premiership” quarter saw the boys really break the spirit of Centrals with another five goals to 1, tagging out the run of the Bulldogs and Kye Chapple helping himself to another half dozen goals for the home team. Ash Davidson continued his great work under Kye with two goals as well as Gavin Jacks with “Bucky” finishing with three in a last quarter with the sting taken out of it.
“I thought we had a pretty spread across the board, which was good,” said coach Brad Cooper. “At this stage in the first third or so of the season it’s just about the team getting used to each other and used to our playing structures and all the rest, and they seem to be making progress every week.”
In what was a highly convincing win by the Crocs, Cooper said “they used the ball well and took the right path more often than not”.
Cooper thought the competition this year is pretty even, with about five sides in the main contention. The Crocs now sit in second spot on the ladder, a game clear from third and a game behind ladder leaders the Cutters.
The next appointment for the Crocs is with the Lions, whom Cooper is careful not to underestimate.
Meanwhile, the Crocs reserves won their match easily.
The club expresses its deep thanks to all the people who worked on and supported this great day and promised it will be back again next year bigger and better.
Wes Glass is always in the thick of it.