Crocs come a crop­per

Port look to get back on track af­ter shock loss

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Crocs lined up at Cazaly’s Satur­day with a 2-1 win­ning record this year against the sec­ond placed South Cairns Cut­ters but as we know in fi­nals it all counts for noth­ing.

Kick­ing against a rea­son­able breeze it was Cut­ters draw­ing first blood and they had their sec­ond on the board half­way through the first quar­ter. The Crocs strug­gled trou­bled into the breeze early but when Kye Chap­ple kicked truly it looked as if they had held the Cut­ters rea­son­ably. Then Zach Gub­bins was sent from the field and two late Dixon goals saw Souths lead at the first break by 20 points.

The sec­ond quar­ter pres­sure turned into a dire strug­gle and the Crocs just could not find the goals, adding 6 be­hinds for the quar­ter while Souths kicked 1 into the wind.

The third quar­ter saw the South team pull away, kick­ing 5 goals with the breeze.

The Crocs added some re­spectabil­ity to the score line with a cou­ple but the 40-point lead seamed a long way off when the re­doubtable Peter Bury was sent off.

Early in the last term Ethan McCul­lough goaled but the Crocs were reel­ing once again with now Hay­den Gra­ham sent from the field, leav­ing the Crocs with just 16 men.

The Crocs man­aged to kick a few late ones to flat­ter the score­board but the dam­age was done, the Port Dou­glas go­ing down by 32 points. Now they meet Cen­trals/Trin­ity Beach in a cut­throat pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal this Satur­day at 3pm.

The back­line once again fea­tured in the best, led by De­clan Kelly, Johnathan Hobbs, Alex Ben­dle, Os­car Dodge and Jor­dan Chap­man with Brett McKe­own eas­ily best afield for the Crocs.

Pic­ture: BRETT PAS­COE

Wes Glass, cool un­der pres­sure

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