Crocs dig deep to oust determined Doggies
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.