Pride and gratitude followed a big day in Port
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.