Crocs launch season
PORT Douglas Crocs coach Andy Viola is confident the local AFL team has learned a lot from their “oh so close” 2010 season.
In his second year back coaching the Crocs, Viola wants to see the team continue to improve through the year.
“We probably peaked a bit too early,” he said.
“That’s something we’ve addressed, as a club and as a playing group.
“We’re not super-fit but we’re not under-done either.
“We’re where we should be for this time of year, and we’ve still got a lot of talent coming back into the team.”
Around half of the Crocs’ top 22 have not returned for the start of the season, but Mr Viola said the current players would be good enough to knock over their first-round opponents South Cairns.
“Souths struggled a bit last year, but they’ve picked up some quality players in the offseason,” he said.
“I still think we’ve got the team to match them.
“We’ll be bringing up four or five guys who played in the reserves last year.”
Viola said he expected the “usual suspects” in Evan Hocking, Daniel Smith and Sammy Boxhall would lead from the front.
“We’re playing for a bit of pride after last year,” he said.
Mr Viola said the 2011 outfit might have a different style to last year’s.
“I think we’ll be a bit quicker this year,” he said.
“Some of our structures will change to take that into account.
“But we’ve still got a strong spine, with good targets to hit.”
The reserves game will kick off at the Crocpit at 1pm, with the seniors’ game starting at 3pm.
The club will have its official jumper presentation, and announce the leadership group, at the Port Douglas sports ground at 6.30pm on Thursday.
“We’d like to see our sponsors and supporters down there,” Viola said.
The Crocs will also host a supporters’ party at the Crocpit after the game on Saturday and everyone is invited and encouraged to dress up for the Hawaiian theme.