Membership Options 2017.

Our mission at Port Douglas AFL is very simple. We aim to create an environment of excellence in which young men are assisted in achieving their full potential as footballers and people, in an atmosphere which promotes strong family values, excellence and instils qualities of personal development, team pride and sportsmanship in everything we do.
We pride ourselves on being part of the local community and we have an aim of ‘back to back’ premierships this year.  A great way our local community (and guests) can get involved in this award winning AFL Club is to get on-board and show your support via one of our many membership packages available.
ONLY TOGETHER CAN WE GROW STRONG – FROM GOOD TO GREAT!!!!!

Have a look at our range of membership options for 2017. Click ” Membership  “and find the membership that suits you.

Choose from our six available packages.

 

CHRISTMAS PARTIES. 2016.

All players, staff, sponsors and members are welcome to attend!

Rattle’nHum Friday 9th December at 5.30 pm.

Barrier Reef Tavern Friday 16th December at 5pm.

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – 13/11/2016
Hi Everyone
With the premiership hangover now a distant memory, our attention is now focused on preparing for the 2017 season. If you haven’t already heard, the club has re-appointed Brad Cooper as Head Coach and Wes Glass as his assistant for the up-coming season. This gives the club much needed stability and gives certainty to all our current crop of players, together with any potential recruits looking at making the journey north. Already we have had a number of enquiries from some very bright prospects looking to join the Crocs.
The good news thus far is that most of the lads that played in both our senior and reserves Grand Finals, will be staying on for a further year. Brad will be giving us all a briefing on our current recruiting strategy and a run-down on his plans for our teams and coaching staff for 2017 at our Annual General Meeting.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – 17/11/2016

Our Annual General Meeting will take place next Thursday night at the Croc Pit and will include detailed look into the club’s financial situation, the appointment of the club’s executive and committee, together with an overview of the club’s future direction.
This meeting is by far-and-away the most important meeting of the year as it sets the tone for the future and gives every one of our supporters the opportunity to offer their opinion, critical or not. During the year, I get to hear of some really terrific ideas from a lot well credentialed club supporters. This wealth of knowledge needs to be brought up in the right forums and acted upon. None of us on the committee claim to be experts at the running of a football club and believe me, mistakes get made every day. However, we are all passionate footy people who love the game and the club. Sure, this year we won a premiership and with just a tiny bit of luck it could have been two but it came at a fair cost on those very small numbers who committed to the club week in and week out. At the Crocs we have a very successful formula that lacks just one ingredient; YOU!! If we had four or five more hands on deck throughout the year, the job would be a breeze. Please, if you have some ideas on how to move the club forward in a positive direction and can find two hours a week, I’d love to hear from you.

Finally, for those supporters that have a passion for the club and would like to hear from the horse’s mouth how the club is travelling, please come along next Thursday and show your support. Unfortunately, one person who will not be at our AGM this year will be club stalwart, Darren Wall, who this week suffered a stroke whilst working in Melbourne. I have spoken to Darren and he is in really good spirits. Louise is now by his side at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Darren tells me that he’ll be having a number of tests over the coming days in an effort to determine the cause of the stroke. Darren has had a number of pretty serious health issues over the years but has fought his way through on every occasion. I’m sure you’ll all join me in wishing Darren a speedy recovery from this latest episode. Get well soon Mate!!
Greg Nicholson
President PDFC

 President’s Report. 15/06/16.

Hi All,

The last couple of weeks have seen the crocs rise to the top of the CAFL ladder. We seem to have a great mix of youth and experience that often needed to reach the pinnacle which is a premiership.  After last year’s implosion at the end of the season I’m loathed to get too excited about our current ladder position.

This week we take on Cairns Saints in what will be another great confrontation by two of the leagues heavyweights.  We are hoping for a really close and competitive game from two clubs that have the same DNA.  In 1991 the Port Douglas Crocs won the CAFL premiership and at that time was represented by the Westcourt Demons as our reserves team. West court Demons went on to become Cairns Saints. The rest is history. 

 

This Saturday marks the 25th Anniversary of the 1991 premiership success of the Port Douglas Crocs. This was their ever premiership of this mighty club.  Saturday will see the PD Crocs play a mature Westcourt Demons / Cairns Saints in what will be the match of the round.  We have always had a great affinity and respect for Cairns Saints and look forward to having them celebrate this great day with us.

 

Saturday night, we will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of our 1st premiership at the Port Douglas Community Centre on Mowbray Street and tickets are still available at $50 per head for a 3 course meal and some great entertainment from 7pm.  Please call Andy Smith on 0408 985 372 or David “00” Evans on 0407 730 889 for tickets.  It will be great to see you there and the dress code is STICKILY blue and white. 

On a more serious note, there has been a change to our sports training team.  Our longest serving sports trainer, Robyn Frahn, has been replaced by Dave Evans (no relation to “00”).  Robyn has been an outstanding servant of the Port Douglas Football Club over nearly 15 years and the club would like to acknowledge and thank Robyn for her wonderful efforts.  Robyn and husband Corey are life members of the Port Douglas Football Club and their contribution to the club over the years cannot be overstated. 

Thanks, 

Nicho

President

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – 25/5/2016

Hi all

It’s been a few weeks since my last report and there’s been a fair bit of water go under the bridge.

Firstly, we’re currently sitting in second position on the Cairns AFL ladder in both the firsts and the seconds.  Last week the senior team had the bye while the reserves team had a pretty convincing win in atrocious conditions against the new-comers, Pyramid Power down at Fretwell Park.

As most of the senior players had a week off week off, there were two who had the task of representing the club on a much bigger stage.  Both our club captain, Kye Chapple and star midfielder, Jesse Mawson were invited to play for the Gold Coast Suns reserves team against Redlands at Metricon Stadium last Saturday.  Even though the Suns were convincingly beaten, both Kye and Jesse made solid contributions.

This is a great feather in the cap for our club and the Cairns AFL.  It’s a credit to all concerned that AFLQ considers us worthy to be able to supply the quality of player to be able to compete at this level.  It just goes to show that there is a pathway for our young up-and-comers.

 

Many of you by now would have heard of the success of our inaugural Pink Day earlier this month.  From the champagne breakfast through to our efforts on the field and then culminating in a great night of celebration.  The efforts of Annie Richardson and all the girls from Pink In The Tropics was unbelievable and together with the work that our committee and volunteers put in ensured that all went well.

 

This week sees the start of the second round and a home game against Manunda Hawks who have made significant progress over the last few weeks.  Last week they were only just defeated by ladder leaders, South Cairns.  The competition seems to be a lot more competitive this season and this week will be a test for us despite the Hawk’s position on the ladder.

 

One of the highlights of our social calendar this year will be the Blue & White Disco on the 18th of June.  This event coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Croc’s first premiership.  This is one night not to be missed and I’d love to see you all at the Port Douglas Community Centre to celebrate a significant milestone in the club’s history.  Please find all the booking details for this event on the Croc’s Facebook page or contact Dave Evans or Andy Smith for ticket enquiries.

Tomorrow night Thursday) at the Croc Pit we have a traditional Pie Night with lots of great Mocca’s  pies.  Get down to training and have a drink or two, a pie and enjoy some good company.

Hope to see you there.

Greg Nicholson

Ps: This is just a reminder that as club members we receive a massive discount at all Maranos fuel outlets.  A discount of 5 cents per litre off the bowser price applies when producing your club membership card.  If you don’t have a discount card please contact myself or John Cameron to receive one.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT   26-4-2016

This weekend through up a mixed bag of results for the Crocs, with the reserve grade registering a narrow but forgettable loss to the fast finishing Cairns City Lions followed by a stirring win for the senior team over old rival Saints at their home ground.

The early stages of the season have seen a massive turnover of players due to injuries and unavailability.  This situation is a nightmare for the coaching department, unable to field settled teams and execute complex game plans with any confidence.  On the flip side, Coops and the boys have been able to experiment with some unusual positional moves.  I feel that this early season inconvenience will have a positive effect come the back half of the season.

In the early game on Saturday the reserves always seemed to be the slightly more dominant team and looked the winners at the last break with a 10 point lead.  However, a scoreless last quarter put paid to those thoughts, with the Lions finishing the game strongly with a 10 point victory.  Solid efforts from Hayden Bogicevic, Josh Donnelly-Hart, Maxy Petrack and Jack Coleman kept the boys on top for all but a few minutes of the game.  Up forward Sam Evans was handy, finishing with 3 goals and always looking dangerous.  The evergreen, Andrew Macleod was always where the ball was and seems to be continuing his good form from last year.  Our next game at home on Saturday week against top side Centrals should give us all a more accurate reflection of where we sit in the pecking order.

The senior team, on the other hand, came out with all guns blazing and literally blew Saints off the park with a blistering first half, going into the sheds at the long break with a 53 point lead. It was really encouraging to note the form of the skipper, Kye Chapple, kicking five of the first six goals of the game and finishing up with eight majors for the day.  Other highlights came from greatly improved performance from the midfield.  Don’t get me wrong, they have all performed well individually but this week was a standout in terms of the way they gelled together.  It was very difficult to separate the performances of new lads, Todd Shapter and Pete Bury with those of Dylan Wearmouth and young gun, Brett McKeown.  This young bloke seems to thrive on the big games.  Who could forget his epic performance in the 2014 Grand Final?  After an injury riddled 2015 season, it seems that it’s all systems go for Brett this season.  Other notable performances came from the big Hoss who reminds me of one of the Carlton & United draught horses.  He just keeps on doing his job without any fuss at all.  Also pleasing, was the return of Josh Lea.  He goes from zero to 100 in a just a few steps and can break defences open with a combination of speed and footy nous.

The week leading up to this game was not ideal, with the coaching staff having to make a lot changes.  In light of this, the win over Saints by 36 points was even more noteworthy.  Well done to all the players and coaching staff.

Following a bye this week, we play host to arch rivals, Centrals Trinity Beach at the Croc Pit.

In conjunction with Pink in the Tropics, this will be our Pink Day with both our senior and reserve teams wearing pink Crocs uniforms.  We should all be aware of this breast cancer awareness initiative and I’m really rapt the Crocs can play a role in increasing this awareness.  Breast cancer is an insidious disease that effects too many of our mums, sisters and daughters.  I’m sure you all know someone who has been effected directly or indirectly.

This Pink Day will be massive. Starting the day at Palmer Sea Reef Golf Club with a champagne breakfast and onto the Croc pit for the game. (Please see the attachment for details and where to obtain tickets.)  This is a great opportunity to support the Crocs and a fantastic cause of Breast Cancer Awareness.  I hope to see as many of you there as possible.

Even if you’re not a footy fan, by being there you’ll give heart to a lot of people.  Following the game we’ll be having a BBQ and auctioning off the player’s jumpers.  That’s if they haven’t already been sold.  We want to keep the design as a bit of a surprise but I can assure you they are striking!! If you’d like to purchase one, please contact the writer and we’ll hold one.  Hope to see you all there, both at the game and the champagne breakfast.  I’m sure it will be a day to remember.

Nicho

PRESIDENT’S REPORT – 06/04/2016

Hi Everyone

Well the season is upon us and last Saturday night we managed to get away with a couple of good wins against the newly reinstated, Manunda Hawks at Cazalys.  The Magoos got the ball rolling with a resounding win over an underdone, young Hawks side 17-16-118 to 4-4-28.  Best players for the Crocs were the veteran, Brad Lawler, Matty Hunt, Jack Coleman in his first game for the club and Ruckman, James Wollermann.  The performance from James was very encouraging given the list of injured talls we have at present.  I’m sure his name will bob up at the selection table over the next couple of weeks.  I think Coaches Bucky and Darren will have some headaches picking a side each week with the depth we currently have. One of the highlights for me was a scrambling goal by the evergreen Keithy Taylor.  Apparently he kicked his last goal was in 1968.

Manunda Hawks 0.0 2.2-14 3.3-21 4.4-28
Port Douglas Crocs 7.2-44 9.5-59 13.10-88 17.16-118

 

Manunda Hawks

Goal Kickers: M. Saveka 2, J. Ashby, M. Bahar Best Players: M. Saveka, S. Muldoon

Port Douglas Crocs

Goal Kickers: J. Wollermann 4, B. Lawlor 3, A. Macleod 3, M. Klein-Boonschate 2, B. Mayne, C. Bertram, J. Astill, K. Taylor, J. Lawlor Best Players: J. Wollermann, J. Lawlor, B. Lawlor, M. Hunt, J. Coleman

As is usual this time of the year, the senior side had its fair share of new boys.  After a fairly slow start, due mainly to many of the lads not having played together, we really got started in the second quarter.  With an eight goal to one second term, the game was pretty much ripped away from the struggling Hawks.  Several players to impress yours truly were the tough as nails Pete Bury, Todd Shapter and of course our newly appointed Club Captain, Kye Chapple who kicked five majors to start the season.

 

Manunda Hawks 2.1-13 3.1-19 4.3-27 5.5-35
Port Douglas Crocs 3.3-21 11.4-70 15.9-99 18.11-119

 

Manunda Hawks

Goal Kickers: A. Brown 2, C. Gauci, K. Williams, J. Gall Best Players: M. Martyn, J. Gall, C. Thyer, E. Ware

Port Douglas Crocs

Goal Kickers: K. Chapple 5, A. Davidson 4, E. McCullough 3, J. Mawson 3, G. Jacks 2, J. Dickson Best Players: J. Hobbs, S. Scally, B. McKeown, J. Mawson, D. Kelly

 

 

This week we play host to last year’s runner-up, South Cairns in what should be a tough and possibly spiteful encounter in front of a very parochial, Crocs home crowd.  This will be a great chance to come along and have a good look at some exciting young talent.  Some of the new lads to watch will be Jesse Mawson from the Geelong area and Jon Hobbs who last year played just down the road from Jesse at Torquay.  Others to watch include the tough on-baller, “Pistol” Pete Bury and the fast maturing, Ash Davidson and Ethan McCullough.  It was also pleasing to see the return of the exciting Sam Scally, who last played in our 2014 Premiership Team.

This week the reserves kick off at the usual time of 1.00pm with the senior boys taking to the field at 3.00pm.  If you haven’t already joined as a member, John Cameron will be on hand to sign you up.  All our club shirts, stubby coolers, caps and 200 Club shirts will be on hand.  We also have a selection of ladies shirts as well.  Speaking of the ladies; all the wives and girlfriends of the players are invited to attend our first 200 Club luncheon at half time of the senior game.  Make sure you get along and make some new friends and meet the club sponsors and new members.

Following the game on Saturday we’ll be having a barbeque at the club with all invited.  Our bar prices are the cheapest in Port Douglas and the beer is freezin’. This will give everyone the chance to welcome the new players and their partners to the club and listen to some good music. Maybe we’ll see Charlie Broogle Brown with his trusty guitar knocking out some tunes.

Hoping to see you all there!!

Nicho

♦ Jumper Presentation / Season Launch. Thursday 24th March. Training at 5.30. Come along and meet the players. Stay for dinner at around 6.30,  which will be followed by Jumper Presentation.  Sign-up for 200 Club will also be available.

♦ 2016 Social Functions-:

A suggested calendar for social events has been drafted, and can be accessed by clicking below.  Please note that some event dates may be changed if required, but we will give you all plenty of notice if this needs to occur!

♦ The Crocs Social Calendar for 2016 (1)

 

 

♦ President’s Report – 02/03/2016

 Hi All

Footy season is upon us and there’s only 299 shopping days left ‘til Christmas.  This Friday sees the Crocs take on North Cairns at Cazaly’s Stadium in the first practice match of the season.  The match starts at 6.30 and we’d love to see as many of you there as possible there.  In fact, while Mum is snapping up some bargains in a pre-Christmas splurge at Cairns Central, Dad could be having a few sherberts whilst critiquing the Crocs new stable of stars.  This Friday also sees the return of the Goose Club to the Barrier Reef Tavern.  If you can’t make it to the game then show your face at the Tavern for a few drinks and a feed.  We’ve got tons of really great prizes and Andy and Mitchy Moo are just chomping at the bit to get the raffles underway again.

Over the last couple of months we’ve managed to entice a number of very talented young men to the Far North and with their inclusion I’m quietly confident of another solid showing in the 2016 CAFL competition.  There may even be some of surprises in the return to the club of a couple of stalwarts together with a number of 2014 premiership players.  Watch this space!!  The most pleasing aspect so far has been the numbers of players on the training track with as many as 35 seen, in what can only be described as horrendous conditions.  As is usual we will also see a number of new recruits arriving in town in the coming weeks leading up to our first game on the 2nd of April.  Also encouraging is the number of younger players stepping up this year.  The likes of Ethan McCullough, Nathan Evans and Ashley Davidson should have break-out years after completing their apprenticeships in 2014 & 2015.

The two weeks prior to Easter will see us play off for the XXXX Cup.  Played over two weekends for some pretty decent prize money we should start to see us field some almost full strength teams.  Please see below the fixture and do your best to get to Cairns and support the lads.

 

2016 Preseason Cup Fixture – Saturday, 12th March 2016
Pool A
Game 1 11:00am Manunda Hawks vs. Centrals TB
Game 2 12:00pm Cairns Saints vs. Centrals TB
Game 3 01:00pm North Cairns vs. Manunda Hawks
Game 4 02:00pm North Cairns vs. Cairns Saints
Pool B
Game 5 03:00pm Port Douglas vs. Pyramid Power
Game 6 04:00pm Port Douglas vs. South Cairns
Game 7 05:00pm Pyramid Power vs. Cairns City Lions
Game 8 06:00pm South Cairns vs. Cairns City Lions

 

The Preseason Cup Grand Final Fixture is as follows:

 

2016 Preseason Cup Grand Final – Saturday, 19th March 2016
Practice 1 10:30am TBC vs. TBC If required
Practice 2 12:30pm TBC vs. TBC
Grand Final 03:00pm Winner of Pool A vs. Winner of Pool B

 

During the off-season the committee has been working overtime to organise, not only the footy side of things but the social side as well.  If you go to the Crocs website you’ll soon see that 2016 will be chocker block full of great social events.  Make a note, get involved and help make the 2016 season the best ever.  To start the ball rolling we’ve got our Season Launch, together with our jumper presentation on the Thursday the 24th of March at the Croc Pit.   Get down for training at 5.30pm and get your 200 Club Membership and become a financial member of the club.  This initial injection of funds into the coffers is vitally important in setting the club up for a successful year.  So please, get to this fun night and meet all the players and remember you don’t have to work the next day.  We’ll also have our new club shirts and club merchandise for sale as well.  Needless to say, Normie and Sous Chef, Robbie will be cooking up a storm.  We may even have some hot-cross buns and some Easter eggs as well.

With regard to the 200 Club membership, we have decided on an increase to $300 for this season.  The extra $50 will be set aside to help pay for the development of facilities to further enhance the value of the 200 Club.  In the not too distant future 200 Club members will have the benefit of reserved undercover seating in one of the prime positions in the complex.  Other initiatives will include TV coverage of the latest AFL game, exclusive 200 Club bar and staff, together with a more up-market selection of wines and spirits.  We feel that over the years the 200 Club has offered terrific value for money but we feel that it is time to up the ante from a service point of view.  Every season we would like to think that we can provide a better experience for those who commit financially to the Club.  I look forward to seeing you on the 24th of March.

Nicho

 

2016. President’s Report. Feb 5 2016

Well it’s only 8 weeks now until the sound of leather on willow gives way to that familiar siren that heralds in the start of another great footy season.  It seems like only yesterday that we were hosing out the rooms for the last time for the 2015 season.  Hopes are high again for another successful season with a number of changes being made in the coaching ranks.  Brad Cooper as you know has been reappointed as head coach and this year his assistant will be Wes Glass.  Wes has been a great find for the club and his family has been a great addition to our community.  Reserves coach this year is a Macleod.   No, not the one we all came to know and love all those years ago but Terry’s son, ‘Bucket” junior.  Andrew has been sweating on making his coaching debut for some years and I’m sure he’ll do a fine job.  Bucky this year will be assisted by the experienced and well regarded, Darren Saxon.  Darren brings to the table a really good footy head and good man management skills.  Unfortunately this year we won’t have the services of Jimmy Buckley who has left town for other pursuits.  Jimmy was at times the concrete that bound the club together and as such his often evangelical approach to mateship, discipline and teamwork will be sorely missed.

During the so-called off season the footy dept. have been doing their utmost to attract some more talent to the club.  As you all know we have a constant stream of players using our revolving door.  Fortunately, many stay and add immeasurably to the fabric of the club. It’s these people that bring untold wealth in terms of  footy knowledge and a lot of little things that make a difference.  This not only applies to players but to those that come from far and wide that help off the field as well.  This year will be the first year I can remember Robby Barnett will not be part of the committee.  Rob is a life member in the true sense in that he has spent a good percentage of his life helping around the club in many different ways.  Rob also served as president for a number of years as well.  Fortunately, Rob will still be around the club and still dishing up those little culinary delights every Thursday night, together with Head Chef Normie!!

This year sees a couple of changes in the make-up of the CAFL.  Firstly is the reinstatement of Manunda Hawks to the league after serving a twelve month suspension.  The league really needs to be growing and not shrinking and I really welcome the return of the Hawks.  The other exciting development for the league is the addition of Pyramid Power to the league.  They will field, initially, a reserves side and in 2018, graduating to the senior ranks to become a full  member of the CAFL. For those that haven’t heard of Pyramid Power, they are a Gordonvale based club that have been playing in the Junior completion for the best part of 10 years.  They have a great supporter base and a very strong committee.  I’m sure, as their name suggests, will become a power sooner rather than later.  As you’ll notice in the attached draw, there will be a triple header played most weekends to accommodate the new club.  In essence it means that the reserves competition will not have a bye other than for representative weekends.  Overall, it’s great to see the competition growing!!

As you all know, it takes a lot of money and many hundreds of man hours and chook raffles to run a successful football club.  During the last few months the committee have been working overtime to retain and obtain new sponsors.  This type of support is vital to our existence.  Believe me when I say that we are live within our means.  We are now one of only two clubs in the competition that aren’t beholden to the Cairns AFL for financial benefits.  This situation should remain this way!!  That is not to say that we shouldn’t accept support from the CAFL for certain projects but in a number of cases they have control over the ground, the social club and the liquor licence.  These situations often come about through inexperienced committees, over spending on players and coaches and overall mismanagement.  I have a great respect for the current heads of these clubs but unfortunately they can’t undo what previous administrations have created.  All I can say is that your club will work with the strict budgets it sets prior to the start of each season.  What is important to know is that the money raised this season has a very important effect on the budget for next season.  Therefore, if we raise more in revenue than is expended then the budget outcomes for the following season are generally quite positive.  Having said that, we are in need of new sponsorship.  Whether it be by way of gift vouchers, 200 club membership or a major contribution that will see your name on the jerseys and all our club paraphernalia.  If you’d like to make a financial or in-kind contribution to the club it will be greatly appreciated and will be spent appropriately.

Over the years the club has been at the forefront of innovation and we are always looking for ways of making the club a better one and creating an environment in which we can grow and become more successful.  As a result, I’d like to throw the floor open to you and get your (constructive) feedback on ways in which we can take the club forward.  Issues that need to be addressed are things like the makeup of coterie groups like the 200 Club for example.  Others include, spectator facilities, club membership, social events and anything else you’d like to talk about.  Please feel free to email me and we’ll take everything on board and discuss at committee level.

As a draw has now been announced we can start to put our social calendar together.  We have a number of great functions events and social initiatives planned for the year including the a PinK Day on the 7th of May in support of Pink in the Tropics.  As you all know these pink events promote breast cancer awareness.  I’m sure everyone of you will know someone who has been effected by this dreadful cancer.   This, together with the reunion of our first premiership team on the 18th of June will be highlights of a really busy year.  Stay tuned, there’s heaps more to come!!

All the very best

Greg Nicholson

President’s Report 16/9/15

Hi everyone
What a fortnight we’ve had. Talk about chocolates and boiled lollies. After finishing top of the ladder with daylight second, we get a fired up South Cairns who manage to get over the top of us with a little help from lady luck and others. Last week saw the boys front up against the most successful club this competition this has ever seen in Cairns Saints. After an arm wrestle and 10 more scoring shots (7-19 ) we managed to go down by 2 points in a not so entertaining preliminary final. That’s right, a straight sets exit from a finals series we were expected to dominate. Having said that, I can’t tell you how proud I am of all those players that took the field in those two games. Sometimes you can give all you have and get dudded by circumstances beyond your control. This club this year has been coached at a very high standard and I congratulate Brad, Jimmy, Kenny, Mitch & Heff on your efforts.

This week sees our Magoos going to the well again and hopefully coming away with a flag. We have had another successful season with the young blokes leading the way again. The future looks pretty good with the likes of Ash Davidson, the Dickson lads, Ethan McCullough and Nathan Evans. This week the boys take on Centrals Trinity Beach in what looks like a great match-up. Hopefully we can see as many of you at Cazalys as possible to cheer the lads on. The game starts at 12.30pm and there will be a get together back at the rooms in Port at 6.00pm win lose or draw. It’s been a long hard season and it will be a chance for everyone to let their hair down. If you can’t be at the ground, please be back at the Crocpit.

Last Monday night was the CAFL night of nights with the presentation of the Crathern Medal. Boy did we have a great night. As a club, we pretty much scooped the pool. The night started on a positive note with young Jack Dickson taking out the Rising Star award for the best young player in the comp. Next was the reserves best and fairest player. As expected, the evergreen Andrew McLeod triumphed and won the reserves medal. I must say the speech was priceless!! Next up was the senior vote count. With highlights of every game I thought, “we’re going to get home at three in the morning”. At the halfway mark of the count Tommy Clough led by about seven votes, by the twelfth round his lead was almost unassailable. By the eighteenth & final round Tommy Clough was on 29 votes with only a slim lead over the second placed player on 16 vote. Third on 15 votes was Kye Chapple who was pipped out of the goal kicking award by the legendary Saints forward, Matt Walsh. On 11 vote was Hayden Graham, with a plethora of players between 6 & 10 votes. Next came the AFL Cairns team of the year. Crocs players to be named were Declan Kelly, Wes Glass, Kye Chapple and of course Tommy Clough. Coach of the year was awarded to our own Brad Cooper. I don’t think that there’s a person in the club that would deny Coops this wonderful accolade. He is a true professional who coaches with passion, honesty and a commitment to the game. Well done to all those players and Coach and I was particularly proud of Tommy Clough who managed to get through the night and his presentation speech in great form despite the abuse his liver copped in the preceding 36 hours.

This year the Croc’s presentation night will be held on the eve of the AFL Grand Final on Friday the 2nd of October at the Palmer Sea Reef Golf Club. This gala night will be the highlight of our season at one of the great venues in Port Douglas. It’s not a huge venue so I urge everyone to book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets are $60.00 per head and include a three course meal, welcome drink and some great entertainment. We have tables of ten, so book a table and party on. You can book tickets by calling John Cameron on 0427 187 122 or Jess Lea on 0400 103 991. Don’t delay!! I’m looking forward to seeing you all there.

Nicho

♦ President’s report 19th August 2015.

G’day everyone

Do you all realise that there’s only 133 shopping days left until Christmas?  More importantly, there’s only two games left in the home and away season before we embark on another finals campaign.  As you would all know by now we have cemented a spot at the top of the AFL Cairns ladder and as I heard last night, we are the minor premiers.  This description is, as it sounds; and that is minor.  What we have achieved as a club so far is only significant if we have a successful finals series. So unless we prevail on the 19th of September the minor premiership looks even more minor.  As far as the reserve grade is concerned, if we stop the clock now we have the double chance. But seeing the last two games are against the team above us and the team below us there is a distinct possibility that we could slip a place and feature in the minor semi-final.

 As I looked over the troops last Saturday I couldn’t help but think we have a couple of pretty good looking teams.  It was only when I realised that we had some serious talent sitting on the sidelines did I contemplate the depth of our talent pool.  Leaning up against the fence were some cattle that would be first picked in either of the two teams that we play next.  I’m sure our coaching staff are going to have some sleepless nights leading into the finals as the performances of young guns like Jack Dickson, Ethan McCulloch and Ashley Davidson will surely put some heat on some of the established players.  The form of Kane Freyling has also been very encouraging as we all know the sort of finals series he had last season.  Ethan’s effort against the Bulldogs on Saturday was outstanding and will put a lot of pressure on both Jimmy and Tim to perform at their best in the next couple of weeks.  Ethan has very little respect for his elders!!!  (except his mum that is).

 It’s been a while since we’ve had a player at the club who’s kicked a century of goals but I am confident that this week we’ll see Kye Chapple notch up his 100th and emulate the feats of Matt Shaw, one of the legends of the club.  I’ve gotta say that without doubt, it’s been a pleasure having him at the club.  In anticipation of his impending milestone I’d like to congratulate Kye on a magnificent season so far.  If you get the chance on Saturday make sure you show your appreciation and give him a pat on the back.

 Following Saturday’s game we’ll be having one of our biggest nights of the year at the very popular “Lure” restaurant down at the marina which will get under way at 7.00pm.  The last couple of functions we’ve had have been a stack of fun and this one looks on track to emulate those nights.  For a mere $45 we’ll have tapas all night with drinks at really reasonable prices at one of the best locations in Port.  Apparently Jess has organised some great music and there’ll also be some fantastic door prizes and raffles.  Please, do yourself and the club a favour and get along to what promises to be, a great night.  The theme for the night will be Blue & White.

 Just finally, I’d like mention, once again, the amazing efforts of all our volunteers and committee.  It’s incredible how many comments I get from fellow Presidents about the way our club operates.  It’s all very Flattering but at the end of the day it’s a about a great group of people behind the scenes that deserve all the accolades. Well done guys and gals.  You know who you are!!!

 Until next time, Go Crocs!

 Nicho

President’s report 21st July 2015.

Hi everyone
What a few weeks it has been.  I’m really sorry to all those that thought my
comments about having our pants pulled down by South Cairns were not right.
To those people, you can go and complain to the management which means me!!
Haven’t seen anyone yet!!
I know I get a bit emotional about our great game and I know how
self-righteous we have become in this day and age but I think that if I
didn’t have the right sort of passion I couldn’t do the right sort of job.

In a game last Saturday, that myself and Saints President Macca called
“brutal” , we came out with a five goal win. We didn’t pull their pants down
but we did win!  And any win against Saints is a very good win!  They are a
powerhouse of the competition and always put a competitive team on the
paddock!   I don’t like to sound like a Saints apologist but they do things
well as a sporting club. This week they are celebrating the fantastic
achievement of ex Saints coach Jimmy Coatsworth riding from the very South
of our great land to the tip of Cape York to raise money for Diabetes
awareness.  Yeah, on a push bike!!!! I’m a big rap for what he’s doing as
there is a number of my good friends including myself who have diabetes.

On the footy front, we are now only a month and a bit away from playing
finals again. It was great on the weekend to see ex president Andy Smith and
Marta back at the footy after a few big weeks at work. Andy was getting
really excited watching Kye Chapple go around as he hasn’t been to the footy
as much as he’d like. To observe Kye off field you’d say that he would
resemble an easy going sort of a loveable, hobo but get him on the field and
he is just one of the best and most dynamic forwards this club has seen.
Kye currently leads the league goal kicking by some margin.  Coops and Heff
continue to drive the team mantra and believe me, the ” if there are any
dissenters, then go else where” type of line is resonating around the club
at the moment!

This week see us up against the Lions.  They are a bit flat at the moment
but a danger none the less.  The big challenge for the footy department is
to keep the playing group on a level that will reflect what we’ll encounter
during the first week of finals.  It’s a great challenge but we have some
pretty experienced heads around the club that have been in this situation a
million times.

On the social front, this week is one of the biggest weekends of the year
for those ladies who like their sparkling mixed with their liniment .  This
is Lady’s Day!  We’ll have a bunch of amazing door prizes and the
opportunity for two lucky ladies to be involved in the halftime address in
the inner sanctum.  This opportunity will give the lucky recipients an
inside look at the way a professional coach operates and I’m sure it will be
an enlightening experience.

Last Thursday night we had one of our biggest nights of the year so far.
Normie and sous chef Robbie turned it on again and managed to feed all the
Grey Nomads again.  One of most amazing sights this year, apart from Kye’s
dinky goal in the second quarter last week was the sight of the Grey Nomads
washing the dishes after dinner.  This time of the year they are an integral
part of our club and contribute both financially and culturally. Long may
you visit our great club!!!  It’s also fantastic to see the parents of our
boys arriving in town en masse, escaping the southern winter.  We have a
great mixture of lads from all over the country who come north looking for a
sea change in their footy and it adds so much to our town and football club.
The success of the team is so totally dependant on the way that these young
guys fit in.  So far, so good!
Yours
Nicho

President’s Report 1st July 2015

Hi All

What an amazing weekend we’ve just had.  With Super-Coach (Coops) away for the weekend and us playing for top spot on the ladder, this just looked like a recipe for a not so triffic day.  We started out with the McGoos posting a really solid win and going to the top of the ladder.  Then there was this quiet calm around the change room as Kenny got the troops ready for the top-of-the-table clash with the cocky cutters.   As I’ve said on numerous occasions, there’s nothing like getting your pants pulled down at South Cairns.  They’re the cockiest bunch of bastards known to mankind and gees it was nice to see our boys get the better of them after last month’s debacle down there.

As has been reported in the paper, I did go into the rooms after the game and get a bit excited about the win but bloody hell, it’s our Crocs and if you’d seen the performance you’d have gone as nuts as me as well.

Before the game there was this quiet calm but that was soon left behind as the boys took control like an overbearing mother looking after an undisciplined child.  “ Get to your room or I’ll smack your bum”.  They spent much of the day in their rooms!!!  Having said that, we can’t rest on our laurels and will need to produce the same sort of performance over Centrals this week for last week’s win to be worth anything.  I really hope that we see plenty of you at the Croc Pit as possible.  Not just to support the boys on the field but to help us celebrate our red-white-and-blue party on Saturday night.  There’ll be some great prizes for best dressed and all sorts of other snazzy stuff.  So just get done up in red, white & blue and you’re in!!

Can’t wait to see you there!!!

On a more serious note, we’re heading towards the pointy end of the season and a number of the boys are still looking for work.  If you have a position vacant or know of someone who has a position that needs to be filled could you please let me know.  It’s very important that we keep the lads busy during the day!

Go Crocs

Nicho

President’s Report 8th June 2015.

G’day to all our members & supporters

This week’s home game against Cairns City lions represents the half way point in the 2015 season and incidentally, you’ve only got 190 shopping days ‘til Christmas.  Where did that first half go??  From my vantage point we’ve had a fairly successful first half from a financial viewpoint.  Our home game crowds have been up on previous years and as a result our canteen and bar takings have been quite strong as well.

From a team performance point, I would say that the situation is normal ,with a number of high class performances mixed with some less than impressive displays.  This in no way takes anything away from the efforts of our playing group and coaching staff.  I’m sure Coops and Heff will agree that our desire to do well is as strong, if not stronger than last season.  We all know that winning premierships is very difficult but winning them back to back is an enormous task that requires a huge amount of commitment and a fair bit of luck.

At the end of last season we said a fond farewell to our premiership captain Dylan Wearmouth and questions were raised as to how we replace a leader and a player the quality of Weary.  Well, the answer is “you don’t”.  You go and find him and bring him back!  After a brief stint in West Australia, Weary is back in town.  His inclusion over the next few weeks will no doubt bolster an already talented midfield and will add a great deal of leadership experience.  The stuff that is needed at a footy club headed towards another finals campaign.

Despite the fact that the league is down a team this year due to the suspension of Manunda Hawks, the competition is at a decade long high.  Every team this season looks to have the potential, on any given day, of beating their opponent.  This Saturday’s game at the Croc Pit will see us take on a resurgent Cairns City Lions who have been very impressive so far this season.  They’ll be wanting to avenge their first round loss at Holloway’s Beach and make a claim to be genuine finals contenders.  Every week we have to be on our guard!!

Following Saturday’s game we have another fantastic social function known as a Rubic’s Cube where we’ve all got to wear different colored pieces of clothing and over the course of the evening you beg borrow and steal and somehow end up in the one color.  If you don’t understand what I’m talking about, that makes two of us!  However I been reliably informed that it is a great night and one not to be missed if you’re in town.  Being one of a number of fundraisers for the season it is critically important that we have as many as possible along.  Your support does not go un-noticed.

While I’m on the topic of fund raising, we instigated a rewards program with one of our generous sponsors Marano’s Fuels.  They are offering to club members a very generous discount of four cents per litre off the listed price.  In a sweetener to the club Marano’s are offering a percentage of each sale as a cash incentive.  Each month sees this figure back to the club growing but still a fair bit short of the potential revenue raiser we thought it might be.  The importance of this revenue cannot be understated as it is an all year revenue; not just during the footy season.  If you’re not using Marano’s  ask yourself, why not?  If you don’t have a membership card, please ask for one.  When purchasing fuel you must present this card to be eligible for the discount and to further help the Crocs.  If you dont already know Marano’s have a fuel depot across the road from the Croc Pit.

As the season progresses we are going to see a lot more tourists from the southern states, particularly the footy states.  Please don’t be afraid to invite them along to our home games and make them feel welcome.  Some might even be game enough to try some of Normie and Rob’s tucker on a Thursday night.  If we can offer them a great experience, who knows who they’ll tell.

Look forward to seeing you at the Croc pit this Saturday.

Nicho

President’s Report 5th May 2015.

G’day from the Croc Pit

It’s been a few weeks since I last touched base but needless to say we have had a couple of pretty good weeks.  Round 3 at Cazaly’s was a grand affair at night where we took on the old foe in Cairns Saints.  This was always going to be a tough affair but I don’t think anyone could have foreseen the way that we dismantled the Saint’s midfield.  We started out kicking 3 quick goals and we pretty much stayed in that 18 point lead for the entire game.  Coops has really had to start over again with a relatively new look line –up.   Tough job!! The one thing that is really pleasing is the form of some of our 2014 Premiership players like Declan Kelly who is probably the best back in the league at present and Josh Lea who just goes from strength to strength.  Both these players have been rewarded for their early season form by being picked in the AFL Cairns representative squad.  Other Port players selected are Alex Bendle, Scotty Roe, Kurt Bradshaw, Antony Sercombe, Mitch McKee and the freakish Tommy Clough.  Congratulations to you all.  Out of interest, Port players make up a very big percentage of the squad.

Last weekend saw us travel to Holloway’s beach to take on the new up-starts in Cairns Lions.  As the Lions have recruited very well in the off-season this game had danger written all over it.  For the first three quarters it was a fantastic arm wrestle.  We were up against a fit, fast and well coached outfit that look like they have been given some structure.  In the end our superior body strength got us over the line together with another outstanding performance from Declan Kelly.  Forgive me for raving about this bloke but he simply “does the job”.

This week we’re at home hosting North Cairns.  This game presents a few challenges.   Playing an undermanned, cellar dweller after a couple of decisive victories can be a recipe for having a slack afternoon and taking the opposition for granted.  I hope I can report back next with another decisive victory.

This Saturday night we have our huge player auction.  This is one of our bigger fund raisers for the year and I hope you’ll all get behind it and get in on the spirit of the auction.  The night kicks off straight after the match awards with a barbeque.  And some really well priced drinks.   Please come along and form a syndicate and purchase a  group and feature financially in their success for the year.

One negative for the year so far has been the decision of AFL Cairns to do away with the good old Footy Record.  I apologise for this but I have been told to “get into the 21st century” .  As a result we have up graded our web site, www.portdouglasafl.com.au has now got a link on our front page that will give you our team list.  Hopefully, this will help you identify our Crocs on game day without having to go to some foreign web site.  Many thanks must go to Karen Wren for her huge efforts in helping to transform our web site and internet brand.

Finally, I’d like to see as many of you at the Croc Pit this Saturday to hopefully, witness another solid effort from our boys.  Furthermore we need to see as many of you at our Player Auction after the game.   Also, please don’t forget that we are always welcoming new members to our club and in particular to our 200 Club.  Chase down treasurer, John Cameron for details on Croc’s membership but please give him a chance to watch the game and grab him during the breaks.

Go Crocs

Greg Nicholson.

And here is the list for the Player Auction/ Calcutta

Lot 1

Daniel Cross

Antony Sercombe

Kurt Bradshaw

Kaine Freyling

Ethan McCullough

Dylan Peirce

Mathew Hunt

Lot 2

Thomas Clough

Scott Rowe

Tim Oke

Andrew McLeod

Mitchell Gibbs

Darren Saxon

Keith Taylor

Simon Oke

Lot 3

Mitch McKee

Hayden Graham

Rowan Hanley

Hayden Bogicevic

Tom Goodall

Paul Zera

Shane White

Josh Sagida

Lot 4

Kelly Declan

Joe Boulton

Ron Boulton

Josh Donnelly-Hart

Jack Dickson

Angus Dickson

Carl Zammataro

Lot 5

Josh Lea

James Mueller

Ashley Davidson

Harlen Paulet

Daniel Young

Kerrod Andrews

Ryan Morrison

Lot 6

Alex Bendle

Mark Nuggin

Kallam Oates

Nathan Evans

Jesse Agnew

Dean Matejcek

James Wollerman

Lot 7

Wes Glass

Jordan Chapman

Cameron Howlett

Oscar Dodge

Patrick Barnett

Jack Lowe

Tony Gooding

Lot 8

Michael Klein-Boonschate

Kye Chapple

James Wilson

Dylan Baird

Mark Flinn

Keslan Jennings

Sean Ladds

Mystery Lot

Anyone else not listed.

 

 

President’s report 13th April 2015.

G’day everyone

Well, what a fantastic first weekend of footy we’ve just witnessed.  Before the first bounce we had the unfurling of our 2014 premiership flags.  What a spectacle that was with club legends and life-members, Merilyn Baxter & Andy Smith arriving aboard a helicopter kindly provided by one of our new sponsors, GBR Helicopters.  As is typical of this time of the year, we went into our first reserves game a bit under done.  Despite a really gallant effort from our McGoos we went down to a pretty slick, young cutters outfit.

About half way through the reserves game John Cameron remarked what a great crowd we have already.  Well, we had one of our biggest gate takings ever despite the fact that we had a lot of members through the gate as well.  It seems that Aussie Rules Footy is alive and well in Port Douglas.

Following our historic flag unfurling, Brad Cooper’s boys took to the ground and gave us all a first-up treat with a terrific win against a quality opposition.  I can tell both of you that weren’t at the Croc Pit on Saturday that this group of players look to be the real deal again.  Things looked a little rusty and that’s typical of how things work in Port. A couple of those Tassie boys have got heads as hard as trigonometry.   We’ve got a really solid midfield with Tommy Clough leading the way again.  Overall, there’s some really exciting things going on with this team so get down and take a look this Saturday when we take on the Bulldogs again at the Croc Pit.

For those that were there for the after-match entertainment, I’m sure you’ll agree that Joe Warren’s pig was a great hit.  Together with Shannon’s musical mastery the scene has been set for a big season both on and off the field.  As you all know, the success of our club is dependent on you, the our supporter.  If you’re supporting the club then the club benefits financially.  If we are healthy financially, we put good teams on the paddock and inevitably have team success.  It’s the old Catch 22, without you, the club won’t survive.  With you the club thrives.  So get on board and get to the club this week and get your 2015 club membership.

Seeya Saturday

Nicho

President’s Report. 8th April 2015.

Hi All

Well, here we are, ready, for the Port Douglas Crocs first home game of the 2015 season this Saturday 11th April.  This is what all the hard work, training and recruiting is for!

The day begins with the Reserves side kicking off at 1pm.  Following the reserves game we’ll be unfurling our 2014 Premiership Flags.

At 3pm  we can expect the Seniors to produce a great spectacle against last year’s preliminary finalists South Cairns.  There will be plenty of excitement around the ground, and we want our loyal supporters to be there to witness this event, along with our sponsors and dignitaries.  Make sure you don’t miss it.

At the first 200 Club for the 2015 season we are looking forward to having an opportunity to meet with sponsors and special guests.  Thankyou to Port BBQ Chickens and Take-Away, Dave and Leanne, for providing our luncheon for this week.  It is very much appreciated!  John Cameron will be there  for you to sign up for this season if you haven’t already, and club shirts will of course, be available.

Our raffles will be on as always, and look out for the special tray of organic pork, donated by Joe Warren from Cooktown.  A great Aussie Rules supporter, you will be able to meet him while he is cooking the spit roast for our evening meal!  Keep an eye out for Paul Scott who is likely to be giving a hand too.

After the final siren is blown the festivities will continue with a special first home game after-match function.    Everyone is invited to stay on at the Croc Pit for the spit-roasted pig  which will be served soon after 6pm.  Cost is $10 for a great feed of organic roast pork.  We have managed to get outstanding muso Shannon, of Timber and Wood fame to come along and provide us with a fabulous evening of live music.   All are welcome and it is sure to be a great night.

This is a very important day for our club and I urge you to be there.  Don’t forget that that we’ll be having a huge night tomorrow night to announce a game 1 team.  Be there and have a great $8 normierobbie feed and say g’day to the new breed of Croc Champs.

Don’t forget that we need your membership $$$ to start the season off.  See John Cameron to join.

All members will receive a Marano’s Fuel Discount Membership Card.  This is a win win for both you and our club.  Every time you fill up, the Crocs top up.  Marano’s are being very generous to our club

See you on Saturday!

Greg Nicholson

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