Leave our Crocs alone
HOPEFULLY the Cairns AFL will come to a sensible decision this week when it decides whether to punish the Port Douglas Crocs over their forfeiture in the Pre-season Cup last weekend.
The Crocs pulled out of further participation in the event because it was taking a heavy toll on the team in a fixture that doesn’t count towards the proper season.
The reigning premiers, the Crocs are a serious outfit and had every right to protect their season’s prospects from being forced into a dog and pony show for the CAFL.
One hopes the league sees sense and doesn’t do anything stupid, such as withdraw its $33,000 subsidy towards its star team.
To be frank, the Crocs are likely to only face serious opposition from the Saints and the Cutters this year; the other teams are there to make up the numbers.
Slapping the Crocs around before the season is truly underway would weaken a league that can’t afford it.
SOME poet said April is the cruellest month. He was talking about nature, but if he was from around here he’d change that to March. With renewed coral bleaching on the Reef being reported, it’s another time of anxiety which we may suffer every year until – if at all – there’s some turnaround in the weather patterns.
Close monitoring of the Reef is continuing and I suppose in a few weeks time the extent of it all will become clear.
I knew from reports from fishermen that the water temperature heading into this summer was worryingly high – around 33C. The danger starts at anything above 30C.
Maybe a bit more rain and cloud than the past two or three years may count for something this time.
We shall see.