Croc pit Pie day hauls in fans

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

PORT Dou­glas Pies’ fans thought they had died and gone to Heaven af­ter the Colling­wood Foot­ball Club’s players held a full train­ing ses­sion at the Croc Pit last Thurs­day.

Coach Nathan Buck­ley was look­ing re­laxed and sprightly as he took his team out on to the ground for a warm-up ses­sion and some light train­ing.

Mean­while, Luke Ball was re­gal­ing hun­dreds of fans.

“It has just been fab­u­lous to get away up here and ev­ery­one, es­pe­cially our fans who have just been won­der­ful to us and made com­ing to Port Dou­glas a very easy thing to do,” Ball said.

“Some of the players’ wives will also be com­ing up later and so it will be a real fam­ily af­fair and help the guys to re­lax and re-charge their bat­ter­ies which we all need to do be­cause we have some pretty tough games com­ing up and we need to be in peak con­di­tion.

“And I would like to thank all of our fans who turned up here to say hello to the boys and to wish us well and to also thank all the peo­ple of Port Dou­glas and where we have been stay­ing and go­ing out thank you all.”

With the hard work over the team later headed out to the Iron Bar on Macrossan St where a group of about 70 players, players’ wives and chil­dren, coaches and sup­port staff let their hair down.

Iron Bar co-owner Steve Hull said the club booked out the up­stairs bar, had a meal and took part in the cane toad races.

“A few had a few beers and they had a great time,’’ he said.

“I spoke to their foot­ball man­ager Ge­off Walsh and they said the en­tire trip had been fan­tas­tic.’’

Walsh told the Gazette the stay had been “as good as gold’’.

Mr Hull said the club’s stay in Port Dou­glas was a much needed way of di­ver­si­fy­ing the tourism in­dus­try.

“They are ex­actly the kind of elite sport­ing groups we need to at­tract,’’ he said.

“I would love to see them back . . . this could not be more pos­i­tive, this is the string in the bow we need.’’

Port Dou­glas Croc­o­diles’ AFL pres­i­dent Andy Smith said it had been great to see the Mag­pie players min­gle with the crowd af­ter the train­ing ses­sion.

He was, how­ever, dis­ap­pointed that the team, who had re­lied on the Crocs to sup­ply mas­sage ta­bles and drink bot­tles, as well as the use of the ground, had not in­ter­acted with the local players.

“It was great for the town but it would have been re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated if some of the players could have taken the time to at­tend a Croc’s train­ing ses­sion,’’ he said.

Train­ing hard: Colling­wood players en­ter­tain AFL fans at the Croc Pit

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