Club looks to top off fantastic 50th year
DOUGLAS United, drawing on locals and backpackers, has experienced several outstanding successes in recent years.
In 2010, the club won the Crad Evans Trophy in Townsville – the top award for the First Division in the Far North zone.
In 2012, the team entered the Premier League in the Far North Competition, due mainly to the strength of talent in the team.
“It was a golden era for us winning the grand final that year,” current club captain Logan Marsh said.
“In 2013, we lost the grand final but there was a knockout comp, the FNQ Cup, at the end of the season and we won that.”
In 2014, the club had built up to three senior teams, however, towards the end of the tourist season, they started losing a few players and some team members were playing up to three games a weekend.
“2014 was a so-so year, but the following year we were back in the First Division with one team and didn’t lose a game and we again won the Crad Evans Trophy in 2015,” Logan said.
Ironically, with Douglas United being the first club to install lights, in 2016 safety issues meant the lights had to be removed just before the playing season started.
The club struggled through that year, losing the semi-final, fielding only 9.5 players – a couple of players with serious injuries involved in that game.
The senior team’s future was in jeopardy and the local rugby union team, the Raiders were contacted regarding the possibility of sharing their field in Port Douglas and in 2017, the seniors started playing in Port Douglas.
“It has proven to be a great success for our seniors with our first division winning last year’s final, backed by a vocal home crowd,” current club president Matt McMaster said.
This year, the club is tracking very well, being minor premiers and is looking forward to the grand final on Friday, October 5, at Endeavour Park in Cairns. A win would certainly be the cherry on top for the club’s 50th anniversary.