Crocs avenge old wound with huge win over Saints
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!
Pete Bury gets a kick away before a defender can bring him down