New Croc in town to help win 2011 crown

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THERE’S a new Croc in town.

Mitch Duff, 22, has trav­elled from Vic­to­ria to join the Port Dou­glas Crocs AFL team and he’s keen for a big sea­son.

The en­thu­si­as­tic AFL player and bar­man has al­ways loved footy and is de­ter­mined to im­prove his skills and fit­ness while in Port Dou­glas. “I ab­so­lutely love footy,” he said. “Where I was play­ing in back at home it was al­ways wet and rain­ing so it is good to get away from the aw­ful weather and en­joy the trop­ics.

“I moved to Port Dou­glas in Septem­ber last year know­ing a few of my old foot­ball mates were liv­ing here and thought it would be a good op­por­tu­nity to have a fresh start in a re­gional area.

“I used to play for the Red Hill Foot­ball Club in Vic­to­ria, in a rep team and for my school.

“I feel there are a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties for me up here.”

Mr Duff en­joys play­ing as a mid­fielder and hopes to earn his place in the top grade dur­ing pre-sea­son train­ing.

“The Crocs are a great bunch of boys,” he said.

“We have just started pre-sea­son train­ing so I am not too sure where I will be placed yet.

“I hope to earn a mid field po­si­tion but I will need to prove that I am wor­thy of it.”

Duff is con­fi­dent his stay in Port Dou­glas will last un­til at least next year and plans to spend this sea­son im­prov­ing his foot­ball and get­ting fit at the gym.

“I’ve played foot­ball since I was a lit­tle kid - pretty much since I could walk,” he said.

“It has be­come an im­por­tant part of my life and with­out it I think I would feel un­bal­anced.

“I en­joy be­ing healthy, fit and so­cial so it is great to be play­ing with the Crocs and get­ting ready for a great sea­son.”

New play­ers are wel­come to join the Crocs for pre-sea­son fit­ness train­ing at the Port Dou­glas Sports Com­plex from 5.30pm on Mon­days and Wed­nes­days.

Keen to make an im­pres­sion: new ce­cruit Mtich Duff

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