This weekend through up a mixed bag of results for the Crocs, with the reserve grade registering a narrow but forgettable loss to the fast finishing Cairns City Lions followed by a stirring win for the senior team over old rival Saints at their home ground.
The early stages of the season have seen a massive turnover of players due to injuries and unavailability. This situation is a nightmare for the coaching department, unable to field settled teams and execute complex game plans with any confidence. On the flip side, Coops and the boys have been able to experiment with some unusual positional moves. I feel that this early season inconvenience will have a positive effect come the back half of the season.
In the early game on Saturday the reserves always seemed to be the slightly more dominant team and looked the winners at the last break with a 10 point lead. However, a scoreless last quarter put paid to those thoughts, with the Lions finishing the game strongly with a 10 point victory. Solid efforts from Hayden Bogicevic, Josh Donnelly-Hart, Maxy Petrack and Jack Coleman kept the boys on top for all but a few minutes of the game. Up forward Sam Evans was handy, finishing with 3 goals and always looking dangerous. The evergreen, Andrew Macleod was always where the ball was and seems to be continuing his good form from last year. Our next game at home on Saturday week against top side Centrals should give us all a more accurate reflection of where we sit in the pecking order.
The senior team, on the other hand, came out with all guns blazing and literally blew Saints off the park with a blistering first half, going into the sheds at the long break with a 53 point lead. It was really encouraging to note the form of the skipper, Kye Chapple, kicking five of the first six goals of the game and finishing up with eight majors for the day. Other highlights came from greatly improved performance from the midfield. Don’t get me wrong, they have all performed well individually but this week was a standout in terms of the way they gelled together. It was very difficult to separate the performances of new lads, Todd Shapter and Pete Bury with those of Dylan Wearmouth and young gun, Brett McKeown. This young bloke seems to thrive on the big games. Who could forget his epic performance in the 2014 Grand Final? After an injury riddled 2015 season, it seems that it’s all systems go for Brett this season. Other notable performances came from the big Hoss who reminds me of one of the Carlton & United draught horses. He just keeps on doing his job without any fuss at all. Also pleasing, was the return of Josh Lea. He goes from zero to 100 in a just a few steps and can break defences open with a combination of speed and footy nous.
The week leading up to this game was not ideal, with the coaching staff having to make a lot changes. In light of this, the win over Saints by 36 points was even more noteworthy. Well done to all the players and coaching staff.
Following a bye this week, we play host to arch rivals, Centrals Trinity Beach at the Croc Pit.
In conjunction with Pink in the Tropics, this will be our Pink Day with both our senior and reserve teams wearing pink Crocs uniforms. We should all be aware of this breast cancer awareness initiative and I’m really rapt the Crocs can play a role in increasing this awareness. Breast cancer is an insidious disease that effects too many of our mums, sisters and daughters. I’m sure you all know someone who has been effected directly or indirectly.
This Pink Day will be massive. Starting the day at Palmer Sea Reef Golf Club with a champagne breakfast and onto the Croc pit for the game. (Please see the attachment for details and where to obtain tickets.) This is a great opportunity to support the Crocs and a fantastic cause of Breast Cancer Awareness. I hope to see as many of you there as possible.
Even if you’re not a footy fan, by being there you’ll give heart to a lot of people. Following the game we’ll be having a BBQ and auctioning off the player’s jumpers. That’s if they haven’t already been sold. We want to keep the design as a bit of a surprise but I can assure you they are striking!! If you’d like to purchase one, please contact the writer and we’ll hold one. Hope to see you all there, both at the game and the champagne breakfast. I’m sure it will be a day to remember.