Our own winning footy club

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - REAL ESTATE -

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.

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