Crocs turn tide and post another win
THE Port Douglas Crocs ventured into Lions territory Saturday which shaped up to be an interesting clash of fourth versus second
It was the Lions who drew first blood on the scoreboard in the first couple of minutes and the Crocs knew they were in for a fight.
Kye Chapple kicked his first of the day but it was the Lions who went to the first break in front, leading the Crocs by by three points.
Coach Brad Cooper made some changes and it was the Crocs on fire during the second quarter with Jesse Mawson, Pete Bury and Sam Scally getting on top, Brett McKeown kicking his second goal early in the term and Wes Glass sneaking forward and kicking two for the term and also taking a stranglehold on the backline with Jonathan Hobbs.
A seven-goal to one term saw the Crocs leading handsomely by 33 points at the main break.
The lead blew out to 57 points halfway through the third quarter with Kye Chapple, Hayden Graham and Andrew MacLeod all kicking their second but it was the marking and drive across half back and through the centre of Hayden who easily played his best game for the club to date.
With the Crocs leading by 41 at the final break the Lions kicked the first three of the term, cutting the lead back to 34 points but the Crocs steadied with the last two goals, running out winners by 44 points.
The Crocs head into the bye second on the ladder, a game and percentage clear of third with a 5-1 win/loss.
The seconds will play next week against the Pyramid Power away at South Cairns.
Port Douglas Crocs 13.10-88 def Cairns City Lions 9.7-61
GOALS: K Chapple 3, A McLeod 2, P Bury 2, B McKeown, H Graham 2, W Glass 2, J Mawson, T Shapter
BEST: H Graham, J Hobbs, J Mawson, W Glass, P Bury, S Scally.
Port Douglas Crocs' Samuel Scally and Cairns City Lions’ Duncan Seden