Crocs turn tide and post another win

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

Pic­ture: ANNA ROGERS

Port Dou­glas Crocs' Sa­muel Scally and Cairns City Lions’ Dun­can Se­den

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