Crocs rally to defy old Bulldog spirit

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - CON­TIN­UED PAGE 22

IF re­silience is the key el­e­ment for sur­vival, then the cur­rent crop of Crocs has it in spades.

The lo­cals’ first home game of the AFL sea­son, heav­ily dis­guised as a sloshy and slip­pery slugfest, saw the un­furl­ing of the 2016 pen­nant.

As pre­mier­ship pres­i­dent, Greg Nicholson, and longserv­ing club stal­wart, John Cameron, alighted the GBR he­li­copter with the pre­mier­ship cup and flag, a wag in the well-pa­tro­n­ised bar sug­gested that the chop­per should hover a while to dry out the wa­ter­logged play­ing sur­face.

Cel­e­bra­tions con­cluded, the 2017 Crocs set about win­ning the con­test against the muchim­proved Trin­ity Beach Bull­dogs.

Af­ter re­spond­ing ruth­lessly to a half­time deficit last week against the im­pres­sive Saints, the lo­cals were off to a fo­cused start with Jesse Maw­son and Brett McKe­own goal­ing early.

Fresh from a suc­cess­ful sea­son in the Dar­win League, the re­turn to the Croc-Pit of 2005 pre­mier­ship ruck­man, Josh Wil­son, added gen­uine strength and class to the Crocs’ mid­field.

Wil­son didn’t record huge stats for pos­ses­sions, but his palm­ing of the ball at stop­pages, and his clever use of his mas­sive frame, opened path­ways for his fleet-footed on­ballers.

Elu­sive small-for­wards, Lachy Fan­ning, and ball-mag­net, Dy­lan Wear­mouth, were dom­i­nant in the first half. Ably sup­ported by the dogged McKe­own, the bul­lock­ing Peter Bury and the in-an­dun­der Jack Ri­ley, the Crocs es­tab­lished a handy 15 point lead at the main break.

The heavy ground was tax­ing on all play­ers but it was the Bull­dogs who clawed back the half­time mar­gin and mid­way through the third quar­ter snatched a three point lead as the Crocs were con­ced­ing too many un­con­tested pos­ses­sions to the dis­ci­plined Dog­gies.

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