Pride and grat­i­tude fol­lowed a big day in Port

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

Well what a week in Port Dou­glas. The smile on my face Sun­day morn­ing when I woke and the feel­ing of pride in our com­mu­nity, club, board, spon­sors, mem­bers and helpers was ab­so­lutely un­be­liev­able.

The team at “Pink in the Trop­ics” and the deal­ings with the hard work­ing An­nie Richard­son and her board of helpers made every­thing worth­while as it all clicked on the day.

The brunch at the Palmer Sea Reef was heav­ily sup­ported with plenty of peo­ple miss­ing out and had us ask­ing do we need big­ger premises for next year.

The brunch was a size­able 160 plus in a sea of pink cloth­ing, hair and steam­ers and was ac­com­pa­nied with crois­sants, quiches and an as­sort­ment of good­ies washed down with cham­pagne and wine.

Many items were on of­fer for the auc­tion which Andy Smith com­pared and gained plenty of cash for the foot­balls, jumpers, ac­com­mo­da­tion and the like for the cause but tak­ing the choco­lates on the stage was Laura Gray’s fa­ther.

It’s not very of­ten our own Andy Smith gets up­staged but the com­i­cal Dad had the crowd in tears of laugh­ter.

At the Croc Pit the crowd built at a steady rate with the ju­niors fix­tur­ing their round around the day.

By the time the sec­onds had taken out their match the sea of pink Crocs fans saw Laura and An­nie walk to the cen­tre of the ground, get a cud­dle for a few play­ers, shook hands with the cap­tains and tossed the coin.

Walk­ing off the coach em­braced them both and as the crowd stood and ap­plauded the tears started.

This is the rea­son we do these things as a com­mu­nity, to show peo­ple that at this great game called foot­ball we do stop and re­mem­ber peo­ple in need for the great of good. We wish Laura all the best in her bat­tle and echo her words “F***k Cancer”.

The game was a blowout in the se­niors but ev­ery­one was in a fes­tive mood and had a tremen­dous day and as the day turned to night and the tunes of Nicky G blasted out a few of the strag­glers danced the night away.

Thank you Port Dou­glas for your com­mu­nity spirit and we look for­ward to the next com­mu­nity game with Car­ni­vale’s In­dige­nous Round.

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