Crocs in­dige­nous round a win­ner

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE cel­e­bra­tion of tra­di­tional cul­ture and the recog­ni­tion of the mas­sive con­tri­bu­tion of Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Islanders to our na­tive game of Aussie Rules was the fo­cus at the Croc-Pit on Satur­day. With both in­dige­nous flags fly­ing, the wel­come to coun­try and the fol­low­ing smok­ing cer­e­mony were em­braced by the fans and play­ers from both clubs.

Both cer­e­monies were per­formed with solem­nity and grace by lo­cal in­dige­nous youth work­ers Caleb Hall and Trevor Port. The hushed quiet of the play­ers and spec­ta­tors re­flected a gen­uine recog­ni­tion, ac­cep­tance and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of these tra­di­tional rit­u­als; cer­e­monies that im­parted mean­ing far be­yond the sport­ing arena.

Per­haps in­spired by these pre-game events, the Crocs dis­played an early dom­i­nance that was never chal­lenged by a shell-shocked and un­der­per­form­ing Hawks out­fit.

So clin­i­cal were the Crocs in ex­e­cut­ing a co­he­sive and dis­ci­plined game plan of run­ning, back-up foot­ball that Hawks’ of­fi­cials were left be­wil­dered by their team’s in­abil­ity to re­spond to the Crocs’ re­lent­less ball-carry.

The Crocs, led by Cole Lau­rie, Troy Lehmann, Dy­lan Wear­mouth and Peter Bury, con­tin­u­ally hit tar­gets and this de­nied the frus­trated Hawks sig­nif­i­cant pos­ses­sion of the Sher­rin.

Ruck­man Josh Wil­son used his mas­sive frame to ad­van­tage and the Crocs’ run­nings­malls were gifted with first use of the footy at the cen­tre bounce. Ethan McCul­lough, who many Crocs’ stal­warts be­lieve to be a fu­ture club cap­tain, was out­stand­ing in his de­fen­sive role against stronger and more ex­pe­ri­enced op­po­si­tion.

Wes Glass and Brett McKe­own were their usu­ally stingy selves in the back-line and in­ter­cepted many Hawks’ for­ward thrusts.

Lead­ing goal-kicker, Kye Chap­ple, booted 7 to bring up fifty for the sea­son.

Lee Sta­ple, well sup­ported by small-for­wards Kurt Brad­shaw and Adam Gross, showed his class with a de­fin­i­tive per­for­mance across half-for­ward.

The fi­nal mar­gin, a more than con­vinc­ing 83 points, left the Crocs un­de­feated.

The In­dige­nous Round started with a gen­eral cel­e­bra­tion of tra­di­tional cul­ture. It ended with a gen­eral ap­pre­ci­a­tion of an im­pres­sive Crocs’ vic­tory.

Best Play­ers: Wes Glass, Peter Bury, Troy Lehman, Dy­lan Wear­mouth, Jack Riey and Josh Wil­son.

Goal kick­ers: Kye Chap­ple 7, Lee Sta­ple and Adam Gross 3, Kurt Brad­shaw 2, Josh Wil­son, Matty Med­craft, Brett McKe­own, Jack Ri­ley and Peter Bury 1.

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

Kye Chap­ple wins an­other mark­ing con­test

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