Crocs gunning for fourth flag in a row in lead up to AFL finals


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The Crocs had a great win over the South Cairns Cutters this weekend in the second last game of the home and away season. Image: Rick Moyer.

The Port Douglas Crocs remain on the top of the AFL Cairns ladder despite wildly varying results from the last few weeks of the home and away season.

The Crocs had a convincing win over the South Cairns Cutters this weekend, taking the win at the Croc Pit 102 to 48 at the closing siren.

The Crocs and the Cutters share the same amount of wins and losses this season but the Crocs’ percentage points keep them firmly in top position.

While scores were close in the first quarter of the game on Saturday, they were runaway leaders by half time and could not be stopped taking the victory.

Adam Gross and Wayne Pavitt each kicked three goals to lead the Crocs to a convincing win.

In an almost farcical match the week before, the Crocs schooled the North Cairns Tigers beating them 402 points to nil. 

The game made the national news and drew attention to the strength, tenacity, and endurance of the Port Douglas team members. 

The Tigers were not able to score a single point while Kye Chapple kicked 18 goals, Adam Gross booted 16, and Wayne Pavitt kicked 8 with at least 10 other players also kicking one or more goals each.

Adam Gross now sits at the top of the tally for goals kicked in the home and away season with 73, snatching top position from Kye Chapple who has kicked 69 this year.

Wayne Pavitt rounds out the top three goalkickers for 2019 with a respectable 58 for the season so far.

The boys had a well-deserved rest in round 16 with a bye week. 

Rounds 14 and 15 saw the Crocs uncharacteristically lose to the Cutters and the Trinity Central Bulldogs respectively.

In the last match of the regular season this weekend, the Crocs will take on the Cairns Saints at Griffiths Park in central Cairns from 2.30pm.

Football operations manager for the Crocs, Jim Buckley, said it'll be crucial match for the Saints.

"It’s a critical one for our opponents," he said. 

"They must win it to stay in the hunt for finals so we will take a strong team and try to win but it will be on.

"I expect it will be a very physical and hard-fought match for most of the day so we need to prepare for that this week." 

The finals will kick off on the weekend of 6 and 7 September at Cazalys Stadium in Cairns where the Crocs will fight to hold on their premiership-winning status.  

After dropping the ball in rounds 14 and 15, The Crocs more recent performances put them in fine position to win their fourth back-to-back flag in 2019.

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