Leave our Crocs alone

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - @SCHOOL -

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.

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