Crocs come a cropper
Port look to get back on track after shock loss
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.
Wes Glass, cool under pressure