Come on people, team needs you!
GET down to the match on grand final day – that’s the plea from the Crocs leadership to the shire.
“We usually get outgunned by crowds down in Cairns,” said seniors coach Brad Cooper.
“We have a very good local following, but I just ask all those people who come along to home games to get on a bus and come down to Cazaly’s and give us as much support as possible and show them we are a tight knit town and we all support each other in everything.
“That would be a real big bonus for us.”
Club president Greg Richardson reiterated the message. “Come on down and show the district’s support,” he said.
“It makes such a massive difference. It’s the biggest day of the year – this is what our boys and everyone at the club has been training and working for, for the last 12 months or more than that, to be honest.”
For those players who were also in the squad that bowed out of the finals last year after dominating the league all season, this Saturday is unfinished business and that’s being instilled in the new players too.
There’s a resolve backed up by the bitter lessons of that shock of 2015 – “a massive disappointment, a failure”, as president Nicholson described that season.
Once again, this season has been a record of success so far for the Crocs, with only two losses to date.
It’s amazing, but actually quite normal for this club, which can look back on nearly 30 years of success which includes four premiership flags and only two seasons when the seniors finished outside the finals.
President Nicholson puts it down to the club culture, and in particular a conscious effort to build character in the team.
“Every year you try to improve.
“And if we can jag another one [premiership] it’s going at one every five or six years.
“The thing that’s always struck me about this club since I’ve been here, and that’s close to 20 years, it doesn’t accept mediocrity. It’s a really successful club.
“And one of the changes we’ve tried to make over the past four or five years is to get a better character in the team. These days with Sport Pulse (a database) and social media you can vet players better, so you know the type of guy you’re getting.
“It takes a lot of character to win the big games. Look what happened last week, coming off the loss the week before. We learned from that and the guys replied emphatically.”
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