Crocs belt Cutters-lite
But critics niggle undefeated Port Douglas
THE AFL chatter in Cairns this week is echoing the belief that the Port Douglas Crocs were lucky to win last Saturday. Many observers noted that the Cutters were missing eight key players and this was certainly the contributing factor in the Crocs getting over the line.
The Cairns’ chatter has it that with the return of the Cutters’ eight superstars, and the resurgence of the Bulldogs and the Hawks, the currently undefeated but overrated Crocs will be brushed aside and condemned to the mediocrity of finishing in fourth place on the ladder come September.
Confronted by these gushing erudite predictions, it seems the languishing Crocs will do well to finish the season with a further handful of wins; early September bookings for the end of season footy trip should be underway.
The more cynical in the AFL community may well suggest that if such a considered outcome eventuates, Cairns will get its wish.
However, because of the rub of the green going the Crocs’ way, the fortunate Port side did collect the four points against the massively depleted Cutters. The resolute backline, led by Wes Glass and Cole Laurie, was rock-solid in the face of the Cutters’ many forward attacks. Ably supported by Sam Scally, Oscar Dodge and Cameron Chapman, the AFL Crocs’ defensive line consistently launched damaging forward thrusts.
Kye Chapple (5) and Jesse Mawson (2) led the goal scoring. Brett Mckeown, Gavin Jacks and Matt Medcraft were prolific ball winners. Josh Wilson used his huge frame to advantage and the premiership ruckman’s presence at the contest provided the Crocs’ onballers with a steady supply line.
As always, Peter Bury and Todd Schapter won plenty of contested-ball, despite close attention from the Cutters’ gallant, but undermanned, mid-field.
So, coach Cooper and his team bank this lucky win and move on to face the competitive Cairns Saints, on Pink Saturday, at the Croc-pit. The charity day supports a most worthy cause and the Port Douglas community is invited to attend.
The Crocs put on a dominant display over the Cutters