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Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - REAL ESTATE -

WITH the AFL footy sea­son about to kick off, the Gazette recently met with the Club to see how they are shap­ing up this year.

From hum­ble be­gin­nings, the Port Dou­glas Foot­ball Club was es­tab­lished just over 25 years ago and is the only CAFL team out­side of Cairns. In fact, Port Dou­glas is the most north­ern AFL club on the east coast of Aus­tralia.

Be­ing a very tran­sient pop­u­la­tion, there are al­ways new play­ers ar­riv­ing to en­joy what Port Dou­glas has to of­fer, be­ing a unique trop­i­cal life­style and when com­bined with play­ing Aussie Rules, well, many be­lieve the Crocs are the luck­i­est team in the coun­try.

Port Dou­glas boasts a won­der­ful home ground next to the Ma­rina with mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties and all in the fore­ground of the spec­tac­u­lar moun­tain back­drop which lines our stun­ning coast­line.

They field very com­pet­i­tive teams from Un­der 8s right through to se­nior level and en­joy ar­guably the strong­est and most ac­tive sup­porter base in the seven-team AFL Cairns com­pe­ti­tion, re­flect­ing the town’s pas­sion for t their foot­ball club.

The Port Dou­glas Foot­ball Club’s vision is to be the Des­ti­na­tion Club, where the very best peo­ple as­pire to join our pur­suit of ex­cel­lence, unity and suc­cess.

At the fore­front, the over­ar­ch­ing pur­pose of all for one is to play to win, while al­ways ad­her­ing to the club’s val­ues and cul­ture. Their strat­egy is focused on de­liv­er­ing con­sis­tent and sus­tain­able per­for­mances both on and off the field

The Club’s mem­bers, cor­po­rate part­ners and sup­port­ers they will en­deav­our to de­liver the ul­ti­mate lo­cal sport­ing en­ter­tain­ment pack­age, with ex­cep­tional cus­tomer ser­vice while re­main­ing the fam­ily club. VOL­UN­TEERS, THE BACK­BONE OF THE CLUB The Club is very for­tu­nate to have a strong band of vol­un­teers that give up their valu­able time to as­sist the Club and our lo­cal com­mu­nity. The ben­e­fits of vol­un­teer­ing are all about mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to our com­mu­nity; it also ben­e­fits you per­son­ally as it of­fers the chance to make new friend­ships and cre­ate net­works, gain work ex­pe­ri­ence and learn new skills, de­velop new so­cial and cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence, but above all have fun in a sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment.

Right now the Club is seek­ing oth­ers to join their Vol­un­teer Army in many ar­eas. Some roles that re­quire help now are in the area of can­teen/tuck shop, bar helpers, raf­fles, clean­ing, wa­ter guys and girls and team man­ager as­sis­tants.

If any­one would like to get in­volved, sim­ply visit the Club’s web­site for con­tact de­tails.

COACH BRAD COOPER Brad Cooper (aka Coops) has been the se­nior coach now for four sea­sons and is highly re­garded for his abil­ity to mould in­di­vid­u­als into a suc­cess­ful CON­TIN­UED PAGE 18

Picture: BRETT PAS­COE

The 2016 premier­ship-winning Port Dou­glas Crocs Se­niors team

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