Crocs belt Cut­ters-lite

But crit­ics nig­gle un­de­feated Port Dou­glas

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

Picture: BRETT PAS­COE

The Crocs put on a dom­i­nant dis­play over the Cut­ters

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