Crocs re­turn to train­ing in top shape

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Port Dou­glas Crocs AFL side of­fi­cially started train­ing last Fri­day night.

New se­niors coach Brad Cooper con­ducted his first train­ing run, although foot­ball op­er­a­tions man­ager Jim Buck­ley has been putting the Un­der-21s through their paces for the past two months.

Crocs pres­i­dent Andy Smith said the ef­forts of the club’s next gen­er­a­tion over the past two months has been en­cour­ag­ing for a club in a tran­si­tion phase af­ter a large con­tin­gent of se­nior play­ers hung up their boots or left town at the end of last sea­son.

“We’ve had 34 young kids on the track over the past cou­ple of months and that shows their com­mit­ment to the club and the town,” he said.

Cooper said he was look­ing for­ward to in­ject­ing some se­nior play­ers into the fold early in the new year to com­pli­ment their emerg­ing young tal­ent.

“We’re for­tu­nate to have been able to de­velop a lot of our ju­niors in the last few years into the se­nior ranks and we plan to con­tinue to do that,” he said.

“Port Dou­glas has a tran­sient pop­u­la­tion so we’re al­ways hav­ing to re­fresh our side but the young guys give us a solid base to build around and their ef­forts on the train­ing pad­dock in the last few months have us in a good po­si­tion.”

The club will be host­ing a bar­be­cue for play­ers and sup­port­ers af­ter the train­ing run next Wed­nes­day and ev­ery­one is in­vited to at­tend.

Any­one who wants to train with the Crocs can go down to train­ing at the Port Dou­glas Sports Com­plex from 5pm on Mon­days, Wed­nes­days and Fri­days.

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