Be­lieve the hype

The girls of the Croc Squad know how to fire up a crowd, writes Andrew Aloia

Townsville Bulletin - - Savvy -

AS far as se­cret weapons go, the Townsville Croc­o­diles have the most stun­ning squad of smil­ing as­sas­sins to ever take the court.

The op­po­si­tion don’t know it, and heck, the thou­sands of peo­ple that have come to love them this sea­son may not even be aware of it them­selves.

But it’s un­de­ni­ably the hip-hop­pin’, hair flickin’ bomb­shells of the McCafe Croc Squad who en­sure The Swamp is rockin’.

While they are not go­ing to hit a game win­ning triple like Peter Craw­ford or Michael Cedar, and are cer­tainly not about to en­joy the rare air that Luke

Schen­scher breathes in when pulling down a dunk, the cheer­lead­ers take it as their duty to keep the masses en­grossed in the spec­ta­cle.

Come semi-fi­nal time at the Townsville En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre next week, they will be feel­ing the pres­sure just as much as those snarling Crocs suited up for 40 min­utes of battle.

Co-coaches and man­agers of the young squad, Stephanie God­frey and Lucy Jack­son are on a mis­sion to be the ultimate on­court back-up.

‘‘ There is no point hav­ing this re­ally in­tense mo­ment in the game and then us com­ing in for a time out and do­ing this semis­low rou­tine,’’ Lucy said.

‘‘ We want to make sure all our rou­tines are re­ally en­er­getic and make sure the crowd gets re­ally worked up.’’

And it’s not hard to get these girls ex­cited about go­ing to work, these of course are fans first and fore­most who take be­ing on the edge of the seat to whole new lev­els.

‘‘ The last game was so in­tense, the crowd was so in­volved, we were so in­volved and we were just jump­ing up on chairs cheer­ing,’’ Stephanie said.

As far as Lucy is con­cerned, any­one that tries to re­sist the wave of en­ergy that pul­sates through the arena is numb to the world.

‘‘ It is re­ally fun and is such an awe­some sport to cheer for, if you’re not get­ting into it then you have to be crazy,’’ Lucy said.

Now that a long NBL cam­paign is go­ing into play-off mode, the Croc Squad are pre­par­ing to un­leash some­thing ex­tra spe­cial.

Just as the play­ers ad­just to that dis­tinctly fi­nals feel­ing on the prac­tice court, the pres­sure to im­press is be­ing felt just as much in the dance stu­dio.

‘‘ The closer we get to fi­nals the bet­ter we want our rou­tines to be,’’ Stephanie said.

‘‘ We’ve had a cou­ple of rou­tines that re­ally in­ter­act with the crowd and we get a lot of feed­back, so we know what they want and we know what we want.

‘‘ We will def­i­nitely col­lab­o­rate all our best rou­tines and put to­gether some re­ally awe­some new ones, we’ll make sure of that.’’

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