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Crocs 2016 Premiership Team

2016 Premiers!

2016 Premiers!

Coach Brad Cooper and Captain Kye Chapple

Coops and Kye Premiership 2016 Coach and Captain.

Coops and Kye Premiership 2016 Coach and Captain.

 

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GRAND FINAL. 19/9/15

RESERVES. Port Douglas 6.10-46 were def. by Centrals Trinity Beach 9.7-61

Preliminary Final 12/9/15

SENIORS.  Port Douglas 7.9-61 were def. by Cairns Saints 9.9-63

Semi Finals. 5/9/15

SENIORS: Port Douglas 11.14-80 were def. by Sth Cairns 14.11-95
RESERVES: Port Douglas 7.14-56 def. Sth Cairns 4.4-28

Game 18.  29/8/15

Seniors: Port Douglas Crocs 12.9-81 def. Cairns Saints 11.10-76

Reserves: Port Douglas Crocs 21-9.130 def. Cairns Saints 3.3-21

Game 17. 22/8/15

Seniors:  Port Douglas 12.16-88 def. Sth Cairns 8.10-58

Reserves:  Port Douglas 12.5-77 def. Sth Cairns 6.3-39

Game 16. 15/8/15

Seniors:  Crocs 18.10-118 def. Centrals 7.8-50

Reserves: Crocs 6.2-38 were def. by Centrals 12.13-85

Game 15. 1/8/15.

Seniors:  Crocs 19.17-131 def. North Cairns 5.3-33

Reserves:  Crocs 7.13-55 def. North Cairns 2.4-16

Game 14. 25/7/15

Seniors: Crocs 17.20-122 def. City Lions 9.9-63

Reserves: Crocs 13.8-86 def. City Lions 8.9-57

Game 13.  18/7/15

Seniors: Crocs 21.4-130 def. Cairns Saints 15.8-98

Reserves: Crocs 17.11-113 def. Saints 5.5-35

Game 12.  4/7/15

Seniors: Crocs 19.16-130 def. Centrals Trinity Beach 4.4-28

Reserves: Crocs 15.12-102 def, Centrals 6.3-39

Game 11. 27/6/15

Seniors: Crocs 11.13-79 def. South Cairns Cutters 9.8-62

Reserves: Crocs 11.10-76 def South Cairns 7.6-48

Game 10.  20/6/15

Seniors: Crocs 34.24-228 def. North Cairns Tigers 2.7-19

Reserves:  Crocs 16.8-104 def. Tigers 5.1-31

Game 9.  13/6/15

Seniors:  Crocs  19.22-136 def. City Lions 4.9-33

Reserves:  Crocs  21.21-147 def. City Lions 2.0-12

Game 8.  30/5/15

SENIORS:  Port Douglas Crocs  15.4-94 def. Centrals Trinity Beach 12.8-80

RESERVES: Port Douglas 8.5-53  def. Centrals 5.5-35

 Game 7.   23/5/15.

Port Douglas 17.13-115 def. Cairns Saints 10.9-69

Seniors

 The Crocs’ gutsy win over the respected Cairns Saints on Saturday has proven to be at a high cost; a footballing pyrrhic victory!

While the scoreboard indicated a solid 45 point win, the loss of assistant-coach, Mitch McKee, to an 11 week suspension has the Crocs reeling with disappointment and frustration.  This is truly a situation that will challenge the resolve of the entire Crocs’ organisation and playing group.

The coming weeks will present coach Brad Cooper and his loyal support staff with unprecedented challenges as they attempt to navigate stormy footy waters without McKee, a key player-maker and on-field leader. But, as the objective “one-eyed” Mick is prone to say, “discipline starts at the top!”.

Despite this set back, the Crocs rallied in the last quarter when challenged by a determined Saints and went on to record a solid home win, even without captain, Declan Kelly, who was a late withdrawal because of a shoulder injury.

The Crocs’ book-ends, KyeChapple at full-forward and Wes Glass at full-back, dominated their respective opponents.  Glass held Saints’ gun-forward, Walsh, to a single major while Chapple kicked a match-winning 8 goals to seal the victory.

Crocs’ on-ballers, Tom Clough and Daniel Cross, provided plenty of ball to the forwards; the run of Josh Lea and Alex Bendle efficiently cut through the Saints’ defensive lines. Oscar Dodge and Rowan Hanley applied plenty of intimidating muscle, while Jimmy Meuller and Tim Oke were impressive in their head-to-head ruck battles against talented opposition.

Although the final scoreline seemed to considerably favour the Crocs, the Saints were in the contest until the final minutes.

There are no easy wins on the pathway to the finals now for the Crocs. The loss of McKee has made a certainty of this.

Now, what did “one-eyed” Mick say about discipline?

 Reserves

Port Douglas Crocs 8.7-55 were def. by Cairns Saints 10.9-69

 On Saturday the Reserves side once again could not come home with a win against the well prepared Cairns Saints making it two losses in a row for the reigning premiers. Though thankfully the other similarity to the week previous’ game the team did show signs of improvement around the ground especially around the clearances in the first half.

Last time the Crocs played Saints they went down 90 to 15, with a bit more cohesion as a team and fitness saw the losing margin narrowed 14 points with the final scores being 8.7.55 to 10.9.69.

A healthy half time lead by the Crocs was turned on its head by a hard hitting Saints outfit and the deficit could not be recovered even though some strong efforts by Kallum Oates and Matty Hunt in the ruck. Ethan McCullough was outstanding up forward and the presence of Jack Dickson is growing rapidly around the ground as he matures into a senior player. Newly appointed Capitan Hayden Bogicevic was a stalwart in the backline but with a few key outs in defence it wasn’t enough to slow the big and clean skilled saints forwards’ in the second half of the game.

Overall it was a great weekend with all the lads from the 2005 Premiership team up in Port to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the great win.

Game 6.  16/5/15.

Port Douglas 10.12-72 were def. by South Cairns 18.5-113

Seniors

The heavy loss to the Cutters last Saturday has left Crocs’ coach, Brad Cooper, looking for answers to some serious questions about his team’s, at best, mediocre performance.

Coach Cooper will be pondering the following: the inability of his on-ballers to efficiently use the football from stoppages and centre breaks; the reluctance by many players to apply shepherds to protect the Crocs’ ball-carriers; the extremely low tackle count recorded by his team (some players didn’t register a tackle at all!). His findings will prove embarrassing for some of his charges.

The footy axiom states that “if you can’t get the footy yourself, at least make it hard for your opponent to do so” (expletives deleted!). Cooper would be lamenting the lapses in total commitment and adherence to the team ethos of doing the hard things first. The Crocs’ general failure to do so allowed the strong-bodied and hard -running Cutters to work the ball methodically forward and score with precision.

The stark contrast in scoring patterns was evident as the Crocs zigged-zagged their way forward while the Cutters went long and direct; something that Cooper will address with his talented, but wayward, side before the home game against the Saints this weekend.

Despite the emphatic loss to the impressive Cutters, the Crocs managed only one less scoring shot in damp and slippery conditions; a 41 point loss and still the Crocs had the scoreboard ticking over!  Coach Cooper will also be pondering this as well.  His conclusions may well provide a silver-lining for an otherwise bleak performance.

Individual efforts of note belonged to gallant leader, Mitch McKee, the tireless and disciplined Tim Oke, and key forward Kye Chapple (5 goals). The best of the rest were hard to identify.

Footnote: Round 6 winners of the best player auction were Mitch McKee (lot 3- Andy syndicate) and Jack Dickson (lot 4- Kim syndicate).

Reserves

Port Douglas   7.10-58 were def. by South Cairns 8.10-58

The Reserves 9 goal turnaround on our last performance against South Cairns was unfortunately not enough to earn the 4 points on Saturday. The Boys worked hard in slippery conditions down in South Cairns with the game swapping leads all day and no side really dominating play.

While pressure on the ball carrier and around contests was high, the direct turnovers around the ground and rushed shots on goal cost the team in the end. With South Cairns applying the same amount of intent over the football both teams suffered from the slippery conditions and fatigue causing targets to be missed and messy football.

Trent Brown was as hard as ever on ball while Kallum Oates was a standout in the ruck and shifting forward to be a usable target. Andrew Macleod and Last weeks’ Cairns AFL rising star Jack Dickson Lit up the wings with plenty of run and excitement in the forward line. Matty Hunt and Darren Saxon worked hard off the half back shutting down South Carins’ run when they moved forward and giving us as many opportunities to open up the game as they could in the conditions.

By the end of what turned into a heated Last quarter the team went down by a solitary goal, Final scores 8.10.58 to 7.10.52. Needless to say an unfortunate outcome even if it was better than the ten goal thrashing last time they met at the Croc pit.

 

Game 5. Sat. 9th May 2015.

Port Douglas Crocs 28.15-183 def. North Cairns Tigers 8.4-52

 SENIORS.

Seniors too strong for an undermanned Tigers

Following a really slow start to the match with a really game North Cairns dishing it up to our blokes we finally got going in the second half and ran out pretty convincing winners at the croc pit 28-15-183 to the Tiger’s 8-4-52

Kye Chapple was the star of the show kicking 12 goals from a heap of opportunities with the elusive Kurt Bradshaw bobbing up 5 of his own.  The middle of the ground saw dominant performances from Mitch McKee and the hard working Joe Boulton.

Next week see us taking on South Cairns on their home ground and if we decide to dawdle through the first part of the game as we did last Saturday we’ll get our backsides spanked.  This should be a really good test for both sides.

Reserves string wins together.

Crocs 14.7.91 def. Tigers 3.6.24.

On Saturday the Crocs Reserves side managed to go back to back with home and away wins for the first time this season. North Cairns Tigers travelled up the highway to the Croc Pit to try and find their first win for the year and after the first quarter with scores 1.0.6 to 1.2.8 it looked like they were on track for an upset win.

But after a rally by Andrew McLeod at the quarter time break the boys responded with a change in game plan and that reflected well on the score board. With the return of Jimmy Astill after an 18 month knee injury taking a quarter to settle in and the midfield getting on top of clearances the crocs started to find their handle on the game. Once settled, half back line of Mitchell Gibbs, Nathan Evans and Hayden Bogicevic began opening up the wings for Kane Freyling and Andrew McLeod to run the ball they started to the forwards as many opportunities as possible.

Paul Zera capitalised on his ability to outsmart his opponent and kicked 3 majors while the return of Joel Lawler saw 2 majors to his name. Also It was good to see multiple goal scorers across the ground keeping the tigers on their toes as they were never too sure who the target in the forward line would be.  The crocs finished the day with a strong effort 14.7.91 to 3.6.24.

Next weekend the Crocs are off to face ladder leaders South Cairns on their home turf, this will be a true test of where the team is at as they are currently undefeated.

Saturday night we had a very successful Player’s Auction with 9 groups selling for over $5,000.  Many thanks to all those who helped organise this event, particularly Jess & Barry Lea, Caroline Jackson.  Karen & Des were great in helping out at the 200 Club in the absence of Normie. Well done!!

 GAME 3.  24th April 2015. Port Douglas v’s Cairns Saints.

Seniors

Port Douglas Crocs   11.9-75    def. Cairns Saints  8.8-56

No Passengers On This Week’s C-Train

The Crocs’ engine-room responded with strategic efficiency to last week’s loss with a disciplined and ruthless attack on the ball against a stunned Saints.  Friday night’s win at Cazaly’s delighted coach Cooper.  The contrast with the ill-disciplined effort of the week before was evident from the first bounce.

Assistant-coach, Mitch McKee, dominated the centre clearances early and kicked the first three goals of the quarter. Ably supported by prolific ball-winner Tommy Clough and inside-specialist Daniel Cross (Turtle), the free-running McKee left a trail of destruction that threatened to de-rail the Saints.

Hard-at-it ruckman Tim Oke was conducting play in the centre square, providing the Crocs’ on-ballers with first use of the yellow Sherrin.

The Crocs’ aggressive body commitment at the contest was relentless.  Alex Bendle and Jordan Chapman complemented the outstanding rebound footy being played by resolute defender, Declan Kelly.  The Crocs’ defensive six is the best in the comp (according to “objective” Crocs’ supporter, one-eyed Mick) and Kelly continues to lead this tight unit with poise and certainty.

Wes Glass was mean and stingy on the Saints’ gun forward and century goal-kicker, Walsh; opposition forwards had better have a “ticket to ride” when they come up against the Willunga veteran.    

The forward half was “hitting up hard” and the big-fella, Kye Chapple (a big locomotive indeed), was offering a genuine target.  Antony Sercombe’s ability to crumb the ball is uncanny for a tall forward and he “iced” the game with a flurry of late goals.

Clever smalls Josh Lea, acting-captain Kurt Bradshaw and wiley swing-man, Scott Rowe, were as damaging as ever with their penetrating run and efficient ball use. 

In reality, the Crocs were never going to lose this one. There was too much to redeem from the week before.

So, all-aboard for the road-trip to Holloway’s Beach and the roaring Lions.

Footnote: It was with a sense of genuine reverence, and with a solemn appreciation of the occasion, that the Crocs’ players assembled to honour the fallen at the Port Douglas ANZAC Ceremony on Saturday. There are some things bigger than football!  

RESERVES:

Port Douglas Crocs 2.3-15 were def. by Cairns Saints 13.12-90

The Friday night lights of Cazaly’s stadium were not enough unfortunately  to spur the Croc’s Reserves side into victory last week in the 2014 grand final rematch. Depleted numbers due to the Colts playing on the same night and a far more structured opposition in Cairns Saints saw the boys getting quite worked over with the final margin being 13.12.90 to 2.3.15.  Our two majors coming from Darren Saxon and Dylan Peirce.

It is fair to say though, that the team never lay over and died at any point with plenty of rebound out of half back from the likes of Dylan Baird and Mitchell Gibbs.  They were supported with some run and carry from the midfielders but delivery to the forward line essentially let the team down.  Also the lack of quick use of the ball in scoring opportunities hurt us dearly as well and allowed the fitter Cairns Saints to intercept and link up efficiently around the ground with damaging effect.

The aged side and lack of rotations through the midfield due to injuries and the clearance from stoppages meant things were not going their way in the second half of the game and hurt the boys dearly.  This shouldn’t be an issue in coming weeks as we return to a Saturday fixture that allows the Colts to re join the group and sees us play Cairns Lions at Holloways beach this weekend at 1pm for what should be a cracking game of football as the Reserves look to steer season 2015 in the right direction.

 GAME 2.  18th April 2015. Port Douglas v’s Centrals

      SENIORS:

Port Douglas 5.6-46 were def. by  Centrals Trinity Beach 9.7-61

  Disciplined Dogs Outlast Crippled Crocs

The Doggies have a genuine bite in 2015 and it left its mark on the undermanned Crocs on Saturday.

An away win under testing weather conditions at the Croc-Pit heralds Heath Mitchell’s imported combination as the “real deal”. Fit. Talented. Disciplined.

Our boys were reduced to two on the bench after quarter-time which threw Coop’s rotations out of sync. But the physical effort didn’t diminish by those players left standing. However, the same couldn’t be said for some of the boys’ self-control at critical times. Perhaps the high free-kick count against us and the disappointing turn-overs committed by the Crocs will be best explained by some honest self-reflection rather than seeking to blame poor umpiring, slippery conditions, the blustery wind or tight fitting jumpers. (Coops will be all over this!).

The Doggies led narrowly at half-time and were poised for their planned upset victory when the lead had increased to 13 pts by the next break. The feeling on the ground was starkly contrasting. The Crocs were hoping while Centrals were doing! The dogs were up-beat, the Crocs plodding and looking for answers. The defensive cohesion of the visitors was obvious and the willingness of their mid-fielders to “hit back” in support was telling.

(An interesting question was posed by one of the Crocs’ most ardent and one-eyed supporters at three-quarter time: ” can’t our boys work out which side of the ground is the attacking side?” Good question, Mick.)

There is no doubting that the Crocs’ boys had chances and dominated the inside fifties, but inaccuracy when attempting to convert let the Doggies maintain scoreboard pressure.

The physical effort was evident from the likes of Tommy Clough, Scotty Rowe, Timmy Oke (Cat Weasel) and Kye Chapple (Plugga).

Josh Lea was polished and “hard at it”; good judges rate this little bloke, kg-for-kg, one of the best in the comp. A big rap! He was clearly the Crocs’ best .

The back-six were as solid as last week and Declan Kelly (Decs), Wes Glass, Alex Bendle, Jordan Chapman (Flea), KB and Oscar Dodge were resolute, but under siege much of the time from the Doggies’ wave of attacks…..from the attacking side of the ground!

Coops has identified a failure to convert and the lack of a genuine crumbing forward as areas to correct for this week’s clash with the Saints at Cazaly’s. And the “D” word got a mention too!!

 RESERVES:

Port Douglas  14.9-93 def. Centrals 5.3-33

This week at the Croc Pit showed a massive turn around in effort and performance for the Reserves side.

With the return of the Colts and a few senior players into the list the side ran out with a better prepared and trained group. Centrals Trinity Beach had just come off a blistering win over North Cairns last week so we knew we were in for another tough game.

Right from the first bounce we showed signs of improvement with Ash Davidson slotting a running goal within seconds of the start of play. Although the game sat in the balance for most of the first two quarters it was our half back line of Dylan Baird, Mitch Gibbs and Hayden Bogicevic that provided all the rebound to allow the likes of Tommy Goodall and Angus Dickson to run the wings and return fire.

It really was in the second half where we found our groove with the centre clearances using Josh Donnelly, Dylan Peirce and Jack Dickson that helped the forward 50 entries have some flow to them. The likes of Ethan McCullough and Andrew Macleod were lapping it up and we started to run away with the game.

It was a comfortable win that allowed us to find our groove. Next week is a Friday night match (6pm at Cazaly’s stadium) against Cairns Saints and will be an even greater hurdle with quite a few omissions from the side already, due to other commitments.  This however will provide plenty of opportunities for others to prove themselves early in the year.