PORT DOUGLAS CROCS DEMOLISH THE SOUTH CAIRNS CUTTERS
Much touted face off with Cutters crumbles to Port’s control
THE Port Douglas Crocs will enter the second semi-final, against the Trinity Beach Bulldogs, undefeated this season. The Crocs mauled the tentative Cutters at Fretwell Park last Saturday to set up a show down with the confident Bulldogs who will provide genuine opposition this week.
Brad Cooper’s Crocs were primed for victory over, the third-placed Cutters, by the dominance of hulking ruckman Josh Wilson.
His strategic palming of the Sherrin to his classy on-ballers Todd Schapter, Dylan Wearmouth and Troy Lehman was crucial in setting up the impressive 97 point win.
The pace of wingers Brett McKeown and Josh Lea enabled them cut through the Cutters’ defensive-lines with relative ease and both delivered the ball with precision to a posse of potent forwards. The Crocs shared the scoring with eleven players kicking goals.
The rebounding Crocs’ defence, led by the rugged Declan Kelly, the laconic Jono Hobbs and the wiley Wes Glass, was at its stingy best and restricted the Cutters to a mere 4 goals for the match.
Coach Cooper refused to even acknowledge the fact that the Crocs had secured the minor-premiership, a title which he regards as pretentious and signifying nothing, apart from a guaranteed double-chance in the finals.
So, the real season starts this weekend for the Crocs and the Bulldogs will be hunting them with a serious intent to inflict damage.
And these Doggies are far more bite than bark.
The Crocs’ Josh Wilson dominated the ruck
Cutters' James Dixon and Croc's Mitchell Bohm
Cutters Jermaine Wardle and Crocs Jonathan Hobbs