Trin­ity Beach ju­nior puts bite on ri­vals

The Cairns Post - - SPORT - JOR­DAN GERRANS jor­dan.gerrans@news.com.au

MA­NUNDA high-flyer Corey Flint reached great heights at Cazalys Sta­dium yes­ter­day af­ter­noon but he was the lone Hawk as Cen­trals Trin­ity Beach marched to­wards a toptwo AFL Cairns fin­ish.

In the rare Sun­day fix­ture, the sec­ond-placed Dogs were not overly con­vinc­ing but did enough to win, 13.12 90 – 22.14 146.

With­out a num­ber of their se­nior play­ers, Trin­ity Beach young­ster Max Cul­pitt broke the game open early in the third term with four quick goals.

Cul­pitt, in his flu­oro boots, fin­ished with nine ma­jors as Jay­den Holt and Jack­son Williams found plenty of the footy for the Bull­dogs.

The Hawks kicked four of the last five goals of the third to send a scare through the Trin­ity Beach camp but the Bull­dogs set­tled from then on.

Cul­pitt was over the moon to kick a ca­reer-high goals in se­nior foot­ball.

“We have got a good for­ward group, we ro­tate through the mid­field a lot and keep us fresh,” Cul­pitt said.

“It was a great win for the club to­day. We played well in patches but we got through.”

Bull­dogs coach Mick Sey­mour said the at­tack­ing ju­nior foot­baller had the po­ten­tial to be a stand­out in the AFL Cairns com­pe­ti­tion for years to come.

“Max has come through our ju­nior sys­tem and goes away with all the rep­re­sen­ta­tive age group squads,” Sey­mour said.

“To­day’s game was the first time he has played as a per­ma­nent for­ward and he went through a real pur­ple patch there. He is a tal­ented young kid and he showed that to­day.”

The re­sult sets up a mini­fi­nal for Ma­nunda and Cairns Saints next Sat­ur­day af­ter­noon, STAND­OUT: Bull­dogs’ Max Cul­pitt. with the win­ner in the box seat to fin­ish fourth.

The Hawks are an hon­est and hard­work­ing side but at times they lack the pol­ish to make the most of their op­por­tu­ni­ties go­ing for­ward.

Yes­ter­day was a prime ex­am­ple: they had many more in­side 50’s than their op­po­nents but went into half-time with just one goal to their name while Trin­ity Beach had seven.

The Hawks’ re­lent­less early tackle pres­sure handed them chances as their own mis­takes let the Dogs off the hook.

Flint pro­vided the high­light of the af­ter­noon for the Hawks faith­ful, tak­ing a huge pack mark late in the third term right in front of the Cazalys Sta­dium stand.

He was one of their best, as he has been all sea­son, in what­ever role Marc Har­brow gives him.

The win so­lid­i­fies the Bull­dogs in sec­ond place on the AFL Cairns lad­der.

The Hawks re­main in fourth place with Cairns Saints still in the hunt to play fi­nals this sea­son. AFL Cairns Se­niors Port Dou­glas Crocs 4.6-30 11.10-76 18.17-125 23.21-159 Cairns Saints 2.1-13 3.4-22 5.535 5.8-38 Port Dou­glas Crocs Goal Kick­ers: L. Sta­ple 5, K. Chap­ple 4, M. Med­craft 3, D. Young 2, P. Bury 2, T. Shap­ter, S. Grib­bon, W. Glass, B. McKe­own, J. Wil­son, E. McCul­lough, M. Bohm Best Play­ers: M. Bohm, W. Glass, B. McKe­own, J. Lea, G. Jacks, T. Shap­ter Cairns Saints Goal Kick­ers: F. Green­wool 2, T. Mes­sen­ger, B. Bux, A. Galea Best Play­ers: J. New­man, J. Dixon, D. McConachy, B. Bux, J. Bald­win, C. Philpot

TO­DAY’S GAME WAS THE FIRST TIME HE HAS PLAYED AS A FOR­WARD AND HE WENT THROUGH A PUR­PLE PATCH THERE.

Cairns City Lions 0.0 0.0 1.2-8 2.3-15 South Cairns Cut­ters 13.3-81 26.8-164 36.12-228 48.17-305 Cairns City Lions Goal Kick­ers: M. Do­toi Best Play­ers: B. Des­lan­des, M. Hunter, L. Knight, B. Wal­lace, J. Brinn, C. Dudink South Cairns Cut­ters Goal Kick­ers: C. Camp­bell 15, Z. Ewer 12, T. Bor­rillo 6, J. Dixon 5, J. Roach 3, C. Join­bee 2, L. Dupuy 2, C. Baker, L. Nor­swor­thy, M. Markham Best Play­ers: Z. Ewer, T. Bor­rillo, J. Roach, J. Dixon, L. Dupuy, L. Nor­swor­thy Goals Kye Chap­ple Port Dou­glas Crocs 82 Jack­son Williams Cen­trals Trin­ity Beach Bull­dogs 53 Cameron Camp­bell South Cairns Cut­ters 46 Lach­lan Poul­ter Cairns Saints 42 Jesse Maw­son Port Dou­glas Crocs 37 Re­serves

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