CROCS DEMOLISH CUTTERS,
There may have been games off the field too
IN AN age where conspiracy theories abound, the more sceptical AFL observers might believe they have evidence to prosecute the case that the powerful South Cairns Cutters club is deliberately not presenting its best side when coming up against the undefeated Crocs.
Conspiracy theory or circumstance? Calculated strategy or convenient occurrence?
To be sure, all possibilities are being taken into account by astute Crocs’ coach Brad Cooper. Following his team’s dominant performance over the under-manned Cutters last Saturday, Cooper was quick to discount the 125 point margin as he alerted his players to the reality that, come September, the Cutters will field a far more competitive and star-studded line-up in the finals.
The Crocs absorbed the initial body pressure applied by the Cutters and had opened up
a comfortable 38 point lead by quarter-time.
Ruckman, Josh Wilson, was using his massive frame to advantage and supplying his slick on-ballers, Peter Bury and Matty Medcraft, with first use of the Sherrin.
Rangy tall-forward, Lee Staple, despite copping a big hit early in the game, came back to take some towering marks and finished with three majors.
Tod Shapter and Dylan Wearmoth were gathering plenty of hard-ball- gets as the
rampant Crocs attacked relentlessly.
The Crocs’ defenders were ruthless in their smothering of the Cutters’ dangerous forwards with Wes Glass, Jono Hobbs and Declan Kelly leading by example.
The Cutters could only manage three goals for the match, an imposing statistic not lost on coach Cooper in his after-game debrief.
Consistent winger Brett McKeown was gathering possessions at will and was well supported by the hard-running Jack Riley.
By the last change, the game was well over as a contest and the Crocs glided to a commanding victory.
There was little celebration in the Crocs’ camp as coach Cooper highlighted the Cutters’lack of man-power on the day, without going into detail.
But the conspiracy theorists have plenty to speculate upon!
Best players: Josh Wilson, Wes Glass, Lee Staple, Brett McKeown, Peter Bury and Tod Shapter.
Leading goalkickers: Lee Staple and Jack Riley 3, Bradshaw, Medcraft, Gross, Mawson and Chapple 2.
Matt Medcraft gets a handball away early in the second term of the Crocs vs Cutters. The scoreboard already shows the destiny of the match.