Port squander lead in second half
Port Douglas were again overrun in the second half, this time by Centrals Trinity to compound their disappointing start to the season. It was all smiles for the Bulldogs as Brent Craighead celebrated his 100th game with one of the club’s best wins in recent memory.
They rallied from 30 points behind at halftime to win 14.5 (89) – 11.8 (74) in front of the loyal Crathern Park crowd. In a nail-biting final term only a behind split the two sides, until a three goal burst from the hosts sealed the result.
Player-coach Matt Cunningham credited his side’s mental toughness and unexpected fitness levels for keeping them in the contest.
“We are probably fitter than I thought we’d be; our ball movement became more precise as the game went on,” he said. “We’re the kind of team that doesn’t give up and any come-from-behind win is a great one. It’s good for the club and good for our mentality.”
Craighead balanced his time between the forward line and rucking duties while kicking three and David Ward was stoic at full-back.
Courtesy of The Cairns Post.