Our own winning club
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
The 2016 premiership-winning Port Douglas Crocs Seniors team