Wet training won’t dampen spirit Dragons’ premier play
THE Douglas United Dragons are about to kick off with the big guns after being officially accepted back into the Cairns premier football league in time for the start of the 2012 season later this month.
After a meeting with Far North Queensland Football and the seven other qualifying teams in the league last Wednesday, the flag was waived for admission for the Mossman-based team to be included back into the top league, with their first game at Tiger Park, Manunda, on March 25.
“We’re training hard in preparation for our step up to the big league, three nights a week and Saturday mornings. We need to up fitness levels to be competitive in the premiership,” Dragons captain-coach Logan Marsh said.
“We’re continuing with the division two team and have formed a separate premiership team.
For the first few weeks there will be an overlap in players, but once the backpackers start pouring through town again, we’ll fill out both teams.”
The club has received additional welcome news as star player Nick Tither has decided to stay with the team.
“We thought we’d lose him this season, but he’s staying on board which is great for the team. He is a quality player who has competed in the National League in New Zealand.
“He’s a great leader and brings a lot to the team, so it’s really motivating that he is to continue to play with and coach the team.”
Unfortunately the wet season isn’t playing ball with training, and with the league beginning in just a few weeks, it has kicked a hole in preparations.
“We’re continuing with training despite the weather,” Marsh said.
“The grounds are pretty soggy at the moment, we do have another training alternative to prevent ruining the main pitch, but it’s taken a bit of a beating.”
The Cassowary Park grounds will host the clash between the Dragons and Mareeba United FC for the second round on March 31.
Signing up for another season: star player Nick Tither