Crocs get the ball rolling
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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