Crocs pipped at the post

Crocs Downed

Michael Warren


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Port Douglas showed a ton of heart to narrowly go down to the Bulldogs at Crathern Park. Image: supplied by Port Douglas Crocs.
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Port Douglas have lost no admirers and remain a firm premiership threat after losing a tough, see-sawing ANZAC weekend battle against Central Trinity Bulldogs.

Up by a point at three quarter time at Crathern Park time the Crocs were tenacious in the final term but couldn’t hold off a fast-finishing Bulldogs outfit who took their opportunities in the wet to secure a 14.12.96 to 12.14.86 win.

“It was a tough loss,” Crocs captan Kye Chapple told Newsport.

“Especially when we had our chances late to get up. We’ll take a lot from the game.

“We had a few young blokes play up a grade while we had some guys in the twos also play, so they were some positives for us.

“It was an exciting game to play.”

In a complete arm wrestle all day, the Crocs jumped the home side in the first to establish a 5-3-33 to 3-1-19 advantage.

However, the home side on the back of determined work from key forward Luke James responded to overrun the visitors in the second, to hold a 22 point lead at the main break.

The third term continued the trend of the day, with both sides going goal for goal in terribly difficult, wet conditions.

It was the Dogs who took the momentum into the last after James snapped right on the three quarter siren to see the home side trail 65-64.

As torrential rain fell in the last both sides again went goal for goal before the Bulldogs managed to sneak ahead and finally secure a hard earned 10 point win.

While Crocs coach Brad Cooper doesn’t like to lose, he’d have nothing for admiration for his team, who did nearly everything to win, but just came up short.

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