‘Be first to the footy’

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LETTERS -

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.”

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