Come on peo­ple, team needs you!

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Shane Ni­chols

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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