Crocs kick off on Satur­day

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE new-look Port Dou­glas Crocs will take on North Cairns in the first round of the CAFL on Satur­day.

The Crocs had a com­fort­able win over Cen­trals in their final pre-sea­son hit-out last week­end and new coach Brad Cooper is hop­ing his team can re­build af­ter the side was dec­i­mated with re­tire­ments and re­lo­ca­tions from last year.

Club veteran Brad Lawlor and new re­cruit Sam Com­bridge have been named as co-cap­tains for the Crocs, with young­sters Ben Mccart­ney and Mitch Ni­chol­son re­warded for their com­mit­ment with the co-vice­cap­taincy.

“About 80 per cent of our team is new faces,” Cooper said.

“There are about 15 play­ers new to the club and they come from all over Australia.

“We’re look­ing for all of them to con­trib­ute, we haven’t just gone out look­ing for four or five su­per­stars, we’ve tried to put to­gether a team that can play as a team.”

Com­bridge comes from the Gipp­s­land league and is con­sid­ered a tough mid­fielder who is hard-work­ing and very ap­proach­able.

Key po­si­tion player Lawlor was handed the co-cap­taincy be­cause of his stand­ing in the club both on and off the field.

“With so many new play­ers in the team, part of the rea­son­ing with giv­ing Sam the co-cap­taincy role was to demon­strate to all our new guys they are an in­te­gral part of our club,” he said.

“We’ve had a big turnover of play­ers this year but we’re look­ing to be com­pet­i­tive.

“I be­lieve there’s a lot of tal­ent in the group and I’ve never en­tered a footy sea­son not want­ing to play in the fi­nals.”

The Crocs are ex­pect­ing a cou­ple more new faces from the Dar­win league but in the mean­time will be look­ing to make the most of their op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“North Cairns will be very strong this sea­son so this game will give us a good in­di­ca­tion of where we’re at and pos­si­bly where we need to get to to com­pete with the best sides,” Cooper said.

The main game starts at Wat­sons Oval in Cairns from 3pm on Satur­day.


Co Cap­tain: Brad Lawlor

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