Dragons set to re­join Pre­mier­ship

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

With only a mat­ter of weeks un­til the sea­son kicks off, Marsh be­lieves the Dragons are well placed for Pre­mier­ship suc­cess.

“Ini­tially our goal and fo­cus is to be com­pet­i­tive, pick up some points in the first six weeks and hope­fully make the semi-fi­nals,” he said.

“We have a great core team re­tained from the pre­vi­ous two sea­sons and there is al­ways the prom­ise of pick­ing up one or two tal­ented back­pack­ers to fill out the squad.”

Cas­sowary Park also has the ad­di­tion of new ma­jor spon­sors, Verri In­dus­tries.

“The club is in a bet­ter fi­nan­cial po­si­tion this year which helps, also the nom­i­na­tion fee to play in the pre­mier­ship of $2000 has been dropped to $200,” Marsh said.

Lack of play­ers and suf­fi­cient spon­sor­ship led to the Dragons drop­ping out of the pre­mier­ship back in 2008.

But the Dragons are de­ter­mined to be a force in the top di­vi­sion this time around.

“We are look­ing for more play­ers to join the team, we are flex­i­ble with ex­pe­ri­ence lev­els as we’ll hope­fully have enough play­ers to have a pre­mier­ship and re­serves team, although ob­vi­ously the more ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers we re­cruit the bet­ter,” Marsh said.

“We won ev­ery­thing we played in 2010 - hope­fully we can con­tinue to do well in the Pre­mier League.

“Whichever way you look at it there are ex­cit­ing times ahead for the Dou­glas United Dragons.”

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