Crocs dig deep to oust de­ter­mined Dog­gies

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - FROM PAGE 24

The vis­i­tors con­trolled the Sher­rin with a chip-the- ball strat­egy that had the Crocs’ qual­ity defence un­der con­stant pres­sure.

And the Crocs looked vul­ner­a­ble.

But this team is noth­ing if not re­silient and showed that it is able to per­form in all con­di­tions.

The swap­ping of strug­gling key for­wards, Kye Chap­ple and Mitch Bohm, had an im­me­di­ate im­pact with Chap­ple mov­ing up the ground and open­ing up space for dy­namic ex-Lion, Adam Gross.

With the mid­field now play­ing man-on- man, the run­ning Crocs’ defence, led by as­sis­tant coach, Wes Glass, and the pen­e­trat­ing Gavin Jacks, Cole Lau­rie and Sam Scally, were freed up and rel­ished the op­por­tu­nity to at­tack.

Quick goals to Kurt Brad­shaw, Fan­ning, Chap­ple and Gross (four for the day) sunk the Bull­dogs whose spirit faded in the face of the Crocs’ on­slaught.

The fi­nal stanza was a for­mal­ity, with Matty Med­craft snag­ging three clever ma­jors, and the home-side dom­i­nat­ing pos­ses­sion and ap­ply­ing score­board pres­sure.

Coach Brad Cooper (in ab­sen­tia) would have been de­lighted with the strate­gic ef­forts of bench-coach, Ken Nyko, and the on-field lead­er­ship of Wes Glass.

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