Mag­gies find the per­fect roost

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - ROGER DICK­SON

FOR die-hard Colling­wood Mag­pie fans of the far north this week has seen a dream true with star players trad­ing high fives with fans at our very own Port Dou­glas Crocpit.

In one of the bet­ter kept se­crets in town, the AFL lad­der lead­ing 60 strong con­tin­gent landed in Port Dou­glas on Tues­day for a quick fire four day break prior to the sharp end of the na­tional Aussie Rules foot­ball sea­son.

Coach Nathan Buck­ley told the Gazette nearly all players and coach­ing staff, with the ex­cep­tion of wounded stars Alan Di­dak and Chris Tar­rant, were with the group at a Dav- id­son St re­sort.

How­ever, Buck­ley said choos­ing Port Dou­glas to take ad­van­tage of a bye had not al­ways been on the radar with the de­ci­sion made only six weeks ago.

Un­like choos­ing Ari­zona, where sev­eral key players were sent this time last year for al­ti­tude train­ing, and in­jury re­cov­ery, the Brown­low Medal­list and new coach, who is mak­ing his stamp af­ter tak­ing over from the leg­endary Mick Malthouse, said this year it was about an en­tire team re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion and the ben­e­fits of phys­i­cal re­pair warmer climes could pro­vide..

’’It is a long sea­son, you try find light and shade in the pro­gram where you can,’’ Buck­ley said.

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