Wet train­ing won’t dampen spirit Dragons’ premier play

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - DONNA-MARIE MILNE

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.


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