Pie’s pon­der Port re­turn

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

’’We have one bye to max­imise the dif­fer­ence.

’’It is about recharg­ing, re­vi­sion and re­ju­ve­na­tion and as you can see the hard work still takes place.’’

And to the joy of Port Dou­glas Pies’ fa­natic Cathy Sherwell that hard work in­volved a ses­sion late on Tues­day, led by a shirt­less All-Aus­tralian Ben Reid and fel­low star Heath Shaw, which was al­most too much to bear.

’’I’m su­per ex­cited, I’ve been look­ing for them all day,’’ Cathy Sherwell said.

’’I never be­lieved I would be see­ing them here.

’’I’ve bar­racked for them all of my life, some would say I’m ob­sessed.’’

For grey no­mad Mel­bour­nite Sharon Lee­wor­thy, who is camped in Port for the next three months, and who like Ms Sherwell has a Pies’ cover on her mo­bile phone the ex­pe­ri­ence was as equally thrilling.

De­spite the clear lack of at­mos­phere at the Crocs oval the long-term Colling­wood club mem­ber com­pared where she was stand­ing to her reg­u­lar mem­bers spot at the MCG.

’’I love my club, it is won­der­ful they are here, my daugh­ter will be green with envy,’’ she said.

While the group at the Crocs’ ground on Tues­day mainly con­sisted of those un­der­go­ing light re­cu­per­a­tive work, the club’s sports sci­ence direc­tor David But­ti­fant, said yes­ter­day had been des­ig­nated a day off for all players.

’’It’s also about get­ting the boys together and hav­ing some gen­eral rest and re­cov­ery,’’ he said.

How­ever, he said Thurs­day morn­ing (today) would in­volve a more se­ri­ous train­ing ses­sion.

It is un­der­stood on Thurs­day (today) some players will later be ac­knowl­edg­ing the Port Dou­glas Croc­o­diles’ club and pass­ing on some wis­dom to its players.

But keep an eye out at the train­ing ses­sion for an­other AFL heavy­weight and Brown­low win­ner James Hird.

The Essendon coach has been spot­ted by sev­eral lo­cals in town with his wife and four chil­dren.

Why is not known, but it is an un­likely spy­ing mis­sion as the Bombers will not play the Mag­pies un­til the last round of the sea­son.

An­other un­known is if the visit is go­ing to be a one-off or annual event.

When asked if the club would be com­ing back Buck­ley was coy but did not rule out a re­turn visit next sea­son.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS Photo by NEIL WEAVERS Photo by TOM LEE Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

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