Our own winning footy club
FROM PAGE 15 team. Last year he was named not only the prestigious Qld AFL Coach of the Year, but he was also the premiership coach of AFL Cairns.
Each year he brings together players from down south and the local brigade.
As Coops said this week, “while this year we won’t be losing as many senior players as in previous years, new players have already arrived and a couple more over the next four weeks will ensure we have a fair bit of talent to work with.
“This year’s side will comprise mainly the premiership team of last year, together with an exciting bunch of young local talent and the new recruits who are settling in well.
“Footy is a pretty simply game – you either have the ball or you don’t. We pride ourselves on working hard when we haven’t got the ball. We do play a fast, physical and fair game that allows us to continually improve.
“What is very pleasing from my point of view is the ‘togetherness or mateship’ that occurs within this footy club. Fair dinkum, our players come from all parts of the mainland and Tasmania. Their commitment to one another on and off the field is very satisfying.
“Again, our football department is planning to have the best team on paper, however an old mentor of mine once told me that unfortunately football is not played on paper, but out on the playing arena.”
Coops is never satisfied with ordinary, he wants his team to be extraordinary. If he was coaching the Jamaican Athletics Team he would want four Usain Bolts to be running in the 100 and 200 metre relay.
Another unique make up of Coops is that not only is he Senior Coach, he also plays a pivotal role as an Employment Consultant. Not only does he successfully secure new players from down south in AFL heartland, he regularly secures employment for these players and often their accompanying wife or girlfriend.
“To date we have been quite successful in gaining jobs for our players,” he said. “All players have been double checked before they arrive to ascertain their values.
“Many have formal qualifications in a range of industries and also those with less qualifications but extremely keen to become an active member of our local community.
“So next time you have a vacancy or know of an upcoming vacancy, please make contact with me…complimentary service of course.” CORPORATE PARTNER & MEMBERSHIP The Port Douglas Football Club has a wonderful relationship with many local businesses. Our major sponsor, Rattle N Hum, have invested heavily in the Crocs for a number of years and again this year will be the club’s Major Sponsor.
Danny, owner/operator of Rattle N Hum, had no hesitation when he recently extended his sponsorship of the local AFL Club.
Unlike some clubs that make up Cairns AFL, the Crocs have no revenue stream from poker machines and rely heavily on building healthy win/win relationships with local businesses.
And it makes sense. Collectively members, players and partners would total more than 500. In a small community like Port Douglas it makes good business sense to get involved with up to 500 new/ potential customers.
On a larger scale this represents more than 2000 people ‘down south’ who venture up to Port Douglas once or twice a year to watch their son/ nephew/mate play AFL footy.
And then there is the Club’s Facebook page which gets more hits than The Beatles
This year the Crocs have a couple of new membership offers for individuals and the
corporate community who share two common passions...business and AFL.
Their purpose is clear. They aim to provide members with outstanding networking opportunities, quality events, and true inner sanctum experiences along with the opportunity to build a stronger and meaningful connection with the Port Douglas Football Club.
COMMUNITY LEADER The Crocs pride themselves on being an important member of the community. Their motto is “Local Community Supports Local Community”. An example of this is the planned theme days for this season.
There will be three theme days this year, one being the annual Pink Day game, to raise awareness of breast cancer, another being Indigenous Day game, to celebrate our wonderful indigenous community and the last one being Green Day, a day to better understand mental health issues.
Only six weeks ago the Club brought the community together to run two highly successful fund raising events for a local family experiencing some tough times.