Maggies find the perfect roost
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.