Crocs on a high for Bull­dogs

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

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