PORT DOU­GLAS CROCS DE­MOL­ISH THE SOUTH CAIRNS CUT­TERS

Much touted face off with Cut­ters crum­bles to Port’s con­trol

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - JIM BUCKLEY

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.

Pic­ture: ANNA ROGERS

The Crocs’ Josh Wil­son dom­i­nated the ruck

Cut­ters' James Dixon and Croc's Mitchell Bohm

Cut­ters Jer­maine War­dle and Crocs Jonathan Hobbs

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