Crocs thump Cutters in lopsided clash



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Port Douglas handed South Cairns a 143-point belting on Saturday. IMAGE: Supplied.

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PORT Douglas tuned up for a potential grand final preview with Cairns Saints with a 143-point hammering of the third placed South Cairns.

As a spectacle the Cutters clash was a fizzer with the game effectively over at half time. Despite a sprightly four goal opening term, the travelling team was blown off the Port Douglas Sporting Complex by a far more disciplined and superior outfit.

The Crocs looked dangerous from the outset with captain Kye Chapple and Adam Gross particularly ominous. The pair had two majors each inside the first eight-minutes on their way to bags of nine and seven respectively.

The home team, led superbly by Brett McKeown, Brett Meredith and Jordan Chapman, were 23-points at the first change and extended the margin to 68 at half time, piling on 15.10 to 5.2. They doubled their goal tally in the second half while keeping the Cutters to just 3.2, with Chapple, Gross and Brad Palipuaminni (three goals) filling their boots.

It sets up a mouthwatering fixture against the undefeated Cairns Saints after the state representative bye this weekend, which will feature a number of players from both sides under the Brad Cooper led North Queensland outfit.


PORT DOUGLAS     7.6    15.10     21.12      30.15 (195)
SOUTH CAIRNS      4.1    5.2        6.3          8.4 (52)

GOALS: K. Chapple 9, A. Gross 7, B. Palipuaminni 3, S. Gribbon 2, A. Davidson 2, P. Bury 2, B. Meredith, K. Freyling, D. Moore, J. Chapman, E. McCullough
BEST: B. McKeown, B. Meredith, A. Gross, B. Palipuaminni, J. Chapman, K. Chapple

GOALS: D. Lock 2, J. Dixon 2, Z. Ewer, B. Summerhayes, J. Barnett, N. Teale
BEST: P. Na''awi, P. O''Sullivan, L. Ehlich, Z. Ewer, L. Smith, D. Dewis

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