Crocs dish it up to Dogs

Port swings into gear in front of big home crowd

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Shane Ni­chols

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.

Pic­ture: BRETT PAS­COE

Wes Glass is al­ways in the thick of it.

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