Crocs get the ball rolling

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Shane Ni­chols

THE lo­cal Aussie Rules sea­son kicks off a week ear­lier this year, on March 18.

Port Dou­glas Crocs pres­i­dent Chris Bradsworth said the sea­son start had been brought for­ward by one week to avoid the grand fi­nal clash­ing with an­other ma­jor event sched­uled on the same day in Cairns.

The ear­lier start to the sea­son is just fine for the reign­ing premiers who see them­selves in fine shape and keen to de­fend their crown. In the play­ing depart­ment, re­cruit­ing has gone well and in any case there has been less turnover in the player ranks than is usu­ally the case.

Train­ing re­sumes on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 18 at 5:30pm. This year train­ing nights are Wed­nes­days and Fri­days.

Off field too the club is en­er­gised and well re­sourced.

“When you’re up and about peo­ple are positive around the club,” said pres­i­dent Chris Bradsworth. “Peo­ple can’t wait to get back there.”

There were record num­bers at the an­nual gen­eral meet­ing.

The new, larger com­mit­tee has been well re­ceived, he said, and all the pre­vi­ous spon­sors are back for an­other year along with some new ones.

The club has or­gan­ised fund rais­ing for one of its stal­wart mem­bers, Dar­ren Wall, whose ill-health in re­cent times has be­come dif­fi­cult for his fam­ily.

A charity golf day – “Wack for Wally” – is set for 12:30pm on Aus­tralia Day at the Palmer Sea Reef.

Con­tri­bu­tions be­ing sought are $400 for a team en­try, or $100 for in­di­vid­u­als.

The day in­cludes 18 holes of golf, buggy, some on­course re­fresh­ments and a post-match sausage siz­zle as well as a few do­nated prizes.

To book, con­tact Chris Bradsworth on 0412 320 909 or email pres­i­dent.port­dou­glasafl@gmail.com, or face­book https://www.face­book.com/ events/1854617694821591/.

As well there is an event planned for Fri­day, Jan­uary 27 at the club­house with a gen­er­ous pile of do­na­tions to be auc­tioned, and a go­fundme ac­count has been set up (https://www.go­fundme.com/ the-hairi­est-legend).

Changes afoot at the club in­clude a re­vamped memer­ber­ship of­fer­ing.

The 200 Club has been re­named the Croc Club and there are new cat­e­gories of mem­ber­ship, in­clud­ing a high end level re­stricted to around 15 mem­bers.

The club’s highly suc­cess­ful col­lab­o­ra­tion with Pink In the Top­ics for a game day last sea­son will be even big­ger this year, Bradsworth said, the Crocs com­bin­ing with the Cairns Saints in a long term agree­ment for the event.

In other moves, the new score­board will be shunted a bit fur­ther to the west of the oval to a shadier spot to aid vis­i­bil­ity, and the ros­tered home game dur­ing Car­ni­vale will be pro­moted as part of the town’s an­nual fes­ti­val.

Pic­ture: STE­WART MCLEAN

Glordy days: Crocs' Kye Chap­ple and Coach Brad Cooper lift the pre­mier­ship cup in 2016

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