AFTER battling a niggling injury over the first month or so of the season, reigning premiers Port Douglas are starting to see the best of their premier recruit Brett Meredith.
The former Sydney Swan was solid without setting the world on fire in the early stages of the AFL Cairns campaign but the experienced midfielder is nearing his best form over the past fortnight.
Meredith received the full ten AFL Cairns Coaches votes last Saturday against North Cairns and put in another starring performance as the Crocs blew away old rivals South Cairns at Fretwell Park on Saturday afternoon.
After a sluggish opening term, Crocs coach Brad Cooper handed his side an old-fashioned spray — prompting an eight goal to three second term to see them build a matchwinning lead.
“Meredith is going good, he is silky,” Cooper said of his star recruit.
“He obviously had the injury at the start of the year but he is starting to get some continuity with his fitness.
“The heat has also gone out of the climate, all those things work well for the Victorians when they come up here, they build that fitness base through the heat early on and it sets them up for the rest of the year.”
Meredith was well supported by Adam Gross, who booted five goals in the Croc’s seventh victory of the season, 7.6 (48) — 17.12 (114) winners.
At Holloways Beach, Manunda Hawks jumped into the top four with a 109-point victory over Cairns City Lions.
Manunda Hawk’s Corey Flint gets past the Saints defenders. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKE.
Hawks Tyler Gorogo and Corey Flint were both dangerous inside 50 in the win.
Manunda coach Marc Harbrow said it was special for Manunda and Cairns City Lions to play against each other in the Indigenous Round as both clubs have a high number of indigenous footballers at their club.
“This round of football for us is about resilience,” Harbrow said.