Fans loud and proud
Swamp faithful prove the Crocodiles’ ultimate sixth man
T H E C r o c o d i l e s h a v e a n e w Energizer Bunny ready to inflict the extra spring in his step on the rest of the NBL.
While players around the league may be feeling the wear and tear of a long season as the playoffs loom large, returning Todd Blanchfield reckons his enforced month-long lay-off has proven a perfect refresher.
C e r t a i n l y t h e 1 9 - y e a r - o l d swingman’s first-up efforts back on THANK you Townsville.
That was the message from the bottom of Crocodile hearts yesterday as the magnitude of their home court dominance began to sink in.
A 13-1 regular season winloss record at home has been the cornerstone of the Crocs’ success this season.
It’s form worthy of the NBL history books, equalling the best home record in t he competition with a solitary loss.
Fittingly they qualified for the play-offs when they reached the milestone with t h e t h r i l l i n g 7 2 - 7 1 wi n against Perth last Friday in front of pulsating throng of more than 4400 spectators.
W h i l e c o a c h T r e v o r Gleeson isn’t one to get sidetracked by the hype of a l a ndmark e v e nt i n t he shadows of the finals, he did pause to celebrate this one.
‘‘ It’s a feather in the cap,’’ he said. ‘‘ Any time the team breaks a record like that it’s something to be proud of. It hasn’t come easy in one of the toughest years in the league. It’s good to know that guys can create records and we want to be creating records this year, we are also hoping that it’s not all that we achieve.’’
The secret to success is something Gleeson is only too eager to share with his rivals – the vocal mass of support at The Swamp.
‘‘ To have that behind you is a major element in a C r o s s w e l l h a s n ’ t c o me across that noise in more than a decade of frequenting the stadium. Mick Cedar, however, has had that piercing tone rattle his head before. ‘‘ That last two minutes is the loudest I’ve heard the place since the 2001 grand final,’’ he said.