Crocs shake off loss
CROCS senior coach Andy Viola didn’t lose any sleep over his side’s one-sided result against last year’s premiers Cairns Saints in the preseason grand final on Saturday.
While a 10-goal spanking might not be the best result the Port Douglas Crocs could have hoped for, Viola said the final tally of 2.7 did not reflect the full potential of the team.
“We want to learn from last year,” Viola said this week.
“Last year we got a bit tired and sore towards the business end of the season, so this year some of our senior players will have a staggered start.
“We also wanted to reward some of the younger blokes who have been giving it everything during the pre-season, who have put their hands up every week and had a real crack.”
Viola said several of the younger players had proved themselves over the pre-season and would be stepping up to the major league.
“Ryan Worn, for example, played in the reserves last year but this year he’ll be a regular for the seniors, I’m sure of it,” he said.
“A couple of the other young guys have done well.”
Viola said the Crocs, who have a bye this weekend, will be much more competitive than their run last weekend indicated.
He said it was important to avoid a repeat of 2010, during which the Crocs finished the regular season undefeated only to stumble in the finals.
“We’ve sticking to our program, and we’re on schedule for where we want to be,” Andy said.
“We’ve got 23 guys on our books who haven’t played yet this season, including a whole bunch of seniors who watched the game last week.”
“We’ve got six guys arriving from Darwin next week, including a few who played in the Wanderers’ NTFL premiership team, and others who will be in town by mid-April.
“I think we’ll have a lot more depth this year, a lot more speed and skill.
“I’m really excited by what we can achieve this year.”
The Crocs’ first game of the CAFL season kicks off at the Port Douglas sports ground next Saturday, April 2.
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