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