Crocs on a high for Bulldogs
THE Port Douglas Crocs remain undefeated after another stunning display of team-orientated football.
Saturday’s 132 point victory, over the fourth placed but severely depleted Manunda Hawks, has secured Brad Cooper’s boys top spot on the ladder and guaranteed his side the double chance in the finals.
The game was over as a contest by quarter-time with the Crocs leading by a comfortable 52 points.
The Hawks, missing five key on-ballers, never seriously challenged the slick Crocs’ line-up and the predictable blow-out in the score-line eventuated without much opposition from the struggling Hawks.
Coach Cooper gave the rucking duties to talented local duo Mitchell Bohm and Ethan McCullough; these towering teenagers played with a poise and maturity beyond their years and experience.
Both provided plenty of opportunities for the Crocs’ midfield and the ability of both young talls to out-reach and out-jump stronger bodied opponents gives Cooper multiple options when setting his team for a finals’ onslaught.
Add to this mix another local teenager, the high flying Tom Goodall, and the Crocs’ depth of home-grown talent augurs well for the club’s future.
Dashing wingman Brett McKeown dominated his side of the ground and was well supported by recently returned, dual-premiership player, Josh Lea.
Tall-forward, and mark-of -the-year candidate, Lee Staple, was outstanding as was rampaging full-forward, Kye Chapple. Staples’ five goal haul was not over-shadowed by Chapple’s eleven with both power-forwards dominant on the day.
Small-forward Kurt Bradshaw chipped in with five goals of his own with many of these coming off the back of the creative work of on-ballers Peter Bury and 100-gamer Dylan Wearmouth.
At the other end, rugged defenders Declan Kelly and Jono Hobbs consistently out-bodied and out-marked the languishing Hawks and repeatedly drove the ball forward.
With winners in all positions, Cooper’s Crocs were untroubled for much of the game and the margin at the end told the tale of this one-sided contest.
So the Crocs beat on, preparing for this Saturday’s confrontation with the secondplaced Trinity Beach Bulldogs.
The Doggies are chock-ablock full of class, and have the leg-speed and big-body power to combat the Crocs’ strengths.
Trinity Beach officials boldly rate their team the best in the comp, despite last week’s casual loss to the improving Saints. This game will be a humdinger!
Beware the Ides of July, Crocs!
The Crocs were far too strong all over the ground for Manunda last weekend.