Crocs eye pre­mier­ship

Make a point against Bull­dogs, now for Cut­ters

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

IF there was ever a mon­key on Port Dou­glas’s back it was fe­ro­ciously shacken off with the ex­plo­sive first six min­utes of play of the Pre­lim­i­nary Fi­nal against Cen­trals/Trin­ity Beach on Satur­day.

With all the talk about go­ing out in straight sets the Crocs blew the game open against the wind with Daniel Young hit­ting the score­board in­side a minute fol­lowed up by a Jack Ri­ley goal and 2 in a minute to stand in for­ward Mitch Bohm in Kye Chap­ple’s ab­sence pulling out be­fore the bounce and with a mas­sive 10 scor­ing shots into the wind went in to the quar­ter time 33 points ahead.

The Crocs were get­ting first use of the ball once again out of the cen­tre via the ever­green Paul Lewis who rucked tire­lessly all day and the mid­field­ers had a huge rack up of clear­ances and in­side 50s with Zac Gubbins get­ting plenty of it along with Todd Shap­ter, Dy­lan Wear­mouth and Josh Lea. The game was vir­tu­ally over at half time as the Crocs went into the long break with a 44-point lead with and the for­ward line func­tion­ing, en­joy­ing a num­ber of op­tions in Mitch Bohm, Daniel Young and Gavin Jacks (all 4 goals each)

The third quar­ter saw the back­line hold Cen­trals with the breeze again led by De­clan Kelly, Alex Ben­dle, Jor­dan Chap­man, Os­car Dodge and Johnothan Hobbs while the Crocs kicked another 6.

It was party time in the last with plenty lin­ing up for a goal and the on­ballers hit­ting up tar­gets eas­ily with a change of style gameplan and a 9-goal pro­ces­sion hu­mil­i­at­ing Cen­trals by 129 points, keep­ing them score­less.

A few of them de­cided to hand out a few whacks, but the well-dis­ci­plined Crocs lit­er­ally took it on the chin!

The Crocs lead­er­ship is or­gan­is­ing a sup­port­ers bus to go to Cazaly’s for the grand­fi­nal on Satur­day. with enough sup­port they might char­ter two, so get in touch ASAP if you want to go along.

This Satur­day night will be back at the club af­ter­wards with all fans wel­come with mu­sic, food and of course some cold re­fresh­ments and on Sun­day from 1pm will be the first 2/3 of the vote count.

Pic­ture: BRETT PAS­COE

Crocs’ Alex Ben­dle with Os­car Dodge in the back­ground

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