Saints left red-faced after Pink in the Tropics thrashing


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GREAT DAY OUT: The Crocs proved to be too good for a depleted Cairns Saints side on Saturday. Image: Richard Nichol – RAWI.

The Croc Pit was awash with pink guernseys on Saturday when the Crocs took on the Saints at the fourth annual Pink in the Tropics charity fundraising match.

The Port Douglas senior side walked away with a 109-point victory over a beleaguered Saints side.

The crocs faced an opposition lacking seven senior players and Crocs’ football operations manager, Jim Buckley, said the competition suffered for the loss.

“It was an inflated victory; we can only play against who they present on the day but we are very conscious they were well and truly depleted and far from their strongest side,” he said.

“It is disappointing for our supporters because they are not seeing great competition at the moment and supporters turned up to that great cause and there just wasn’t a contest.

“We were hoping the Saints would come out and be really completive and with a full side they would have been.

“We felt a bit short-changed as a spectacle and as a contest.”

Along with the score margin, Crocs players were in fine form with Wayne Pavitt kicking seven goals and Adam Gross racking up six of his own. 

Buckley described Daniel Moore on the ball and up forward as “upstanding” and said “he uses his bulk and footy smarts really well and he was dominating.”

Brett Mckeown also had a good day out and was a prolific kick-winner in the center while skipper Kye Chapple booted a respectable four goals.

Chapple currently leads the goal kicking comp for the 2019 season, having amassed 24 goals so far with Joshua Barnett of South Cairns his closest competition with 19 majors.

Jesse Mawson reportedly played well despite the troubled on-baller and the club copping criticism recently for allowing him to play following a guilty plea to drugs charges in the Cairns Supreme court last week.

“He showed great character and wasn’t distracted, he knows he bought this on himself and he is looking to the future now,” Buckley said.

The Pink in the Tropics match isn’t just about the football and the club raised between $5000 and $7000 for the local charity group that supports women’s health in the region.

Most of Port Douglas headed down to the ground to watch the game and pitch in with the fundraising activities. 

“The Pink in the Tropics day was a very social event, partly because the game was so one-sided,” Buckley said.

“It was more of a social event off the field and the game became somewhat of a minor event but it was a terrific atmosphere and really supportive of all the individuals facing their own battles.

“We love hosting the Pink in the Tropics event. It is a real boost for the morale of the whole club; when we are committed to community and part of our community it brings us out in a good light and that’s how we want to be seen.

“Are a community club and this also gives a boost to sufferer’s morale and wellbeing and we are very mindful of that.”

Port Douglas: 23.19-157
Cairns Saints: 7.6-48

Goal Kickers: A. Gross 6, W. Pavitt 7, K. Chapple 4, K. Bradshaw 2, A. Davidson, D. Moore, J. Mawson, J. Mawson, B. McKeown
Best Players: D. Moore, B. McKeown, W. Pavitt, C. Adam, J. Mawson, T. Goodall

Goal Kickers: C. Kirtley 2, T. Messenger 2, J. Willis, J. Roy, B. Bux
Best Players: R. Bridge, J. Kearsley, A. Galea, T. Messenger, C. Kirtley, R. McCall

The Port Douglas Reserves also had a win over the Saints with Chas Allen kicking two goals to lead the team to victory with the final scores 68 to 11.

The Crocs play the Cairns City Lions at Holloways Beach this week kicking off a 2.30pm on Saturday 18 May. 

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