Guess that’s why they call it the blues

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Shane Ni­chols

BLAME El­ton John.

The Cairns AFL’s de­ci­sion to start this sea­son ear­lier to ac­com­mo­date the Croc­o­dile Rocker’s Septem­ber 30 show at Cazaly’s is be­ing blamed for the mess up that was the XXX Gold pre-sea­son cup last week­end, which has put Port Doug- las in the fir­ing line for for­feit­ing their fi­nals match.

Crocs pres­i­dent Chris Bradsworth said yes­ter­day that start­ing ear­lier in the sea­son meant the club was strug­gling for num­bers – “as ev­ery­one knows, all the clubs are”.

It’s still a bit warm for clubs to be bring­ing their new play­ers up; jobs for some of them are still in the works. It’s all meant to hap­pen later, he said.

And then when the un­der­strength Crocs took the field in the cup, rounds one and two in the after­noon took a pun­ish­ing toll.

“The club has a duty of care to its play­ers,” Bradsworth said. “That’s why we couldn’t send in­jured play­ers out again. There were guys who could not step out onto the ground.”

An in­fu­ri­ated CAFL de­manded a let­ter of ex­pla­na­tion from the Crocs by Tues­day night. The lo­cal team were fer­vently hop­ing that any sanc­tion by the league did not ex­tend to with­drawal of the CAFL’S $33,000 sub­sidy of the club.

The Crocs take on arch ri­vals Saints at Cazaly’s on Satur­day (Re­serves 4 pm) for Round 1 of the sea­son proper, and Bradsworth says the club isn’t too flash.

“We’re go­ing to strug­gle. We’ll try to get some more guys reg­is­tered.

“There’ll def­i­nitely be some Colts in there . . .”

Pic­ture: MARC MCCOR­MACK

Crocs’ Ben McCart­ney tack­led by Li­ons Sam Mur­phy. in the pre-sea­son cup last Satur­day

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