Crocs indigenous round a winner
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.
Kye Chapple wins another marking contest