‘Be first to the footy’
THEY lifted a second AFL Cairns flag in three years on Saturday after a 24-point victory over South Cairns in front of a vocal crowd. After winning the minor premiership and going out in straight sets in 2015, the intense and grinding win released 24 months of relief.
The Crocs aren’t a dour, ugly or defensive side, but they just grind their opposition.
They did it a number of times in the second half of 2016, clubs would be close with them in third term then by late in the fourth quarter, the Crocs were winning by 10 goals. Maybe it is their fitness, maybe they just want it more, but the Crocs usually find a way to win.
It was not a blowout scoreline as they have done at times this year, but in the context of the tight contest, the Crocs’ four of the first six goals of the last term was the difference.
The contest basically went goal for goal in the opening half.
Coach Brad Cooper knew his side would eventually break down the Cutters and praised the Crocs’ persistence.
“That is what we have spoken about all week, run, rotate and run,” Cooper said. “We said to the players, go again, be first to the footy.”