Crocs avenge old wound with huge win over Saints

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

TURN back the foot­ball clock! The time is a Satur­day in May, 2013.

The place is Grif­fiths Park, home of the then all-con­quer­ing Cairns Saints.

The home team’s win­ning mar­gin is 130 points; the hu­mil­i­ated loser, coached by Brad Cooper, the Port Dou­glas Crocs.

In his post match ad­dress Cooper, low key and re­flec­tive, talked calmly to his van­quished play­ers about learn­ing from the best and work­ing hard to en­sure that foot­ball’s suc­cess cy­cle would, sooner than later, turn the Crocs’ way.

For the Port boys, the drive back up the high­way on that day was som­bre and silent, apart from the odd prayer to the foot­ball gods! And the gods lis­tened!

Turn for­ward the foot­ball clock to last week­end. Pink Satur­day. The place is the Croc-pit, home of the now all­con­quer­ing Port Dou­glas.

The home team’s win­ning mar­gin is 127 points (a 257point turn around on 2013 form); the hu­mil­i­ated loser, coached by the in­jured Tim Lam­prill, the once mighty Cairns Saints.

In his post match ad­dress, Lam­prill talked calmly to his van­quished play­ers about learn­ing from the cur­rent best and work­ing hard to en­sure bet­ter times.

For the Saints, the drive back down the high­way would have been silent and som­bre, apart from the odd prayer to the foot­ball gods! The Saints will be hop­ing that the gods are still lis­ten­ing!

The Crocs were ram­pant and com­pletely dom­i­nant from quar­ter-time.

Sup­ported by a slick mid­field and at­tack­ing de­fence, Kye Chap­ple booted a per­sonal best 16 goals.

On-baller Matty Med­craft was all class and the dam­ag­ing left-footer is fast be­com­ing a home-crowd favourite.

The Crocs had win­ners on ev­ery line and in ev­ery po­si­tion. The usual sus­pects – Peter Bury, Declan Kelly, Jor­dan Chap­man and Wes Glass – were ex­cep­tional.

Pro­lific ball-win­ner Cole Lau­rie hit tar­gets at will while tall for­ward Lee Sta­ple kicked four goals and set up as many more.

Young, and ever im­prov­ing, ruck prospect Ethan McCul­lough played with a ma­tu­rity beyond his years. Gavin Jacks, Adam Gross and Sam Scally were mas­ter­ful all game.

The Crocs are the cur­rent best. The foot­ball suc­cess cy­cle has turned the Crocs’ way . . . for now!

Picture: LUKAS TEAS­DALE

Pete Bury gets a kick away be­fore a de­fender can bring him down

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