PRESIDENT’S REPORT.  DECEMBER 2, 2016
Hello all and welcome to a new year of football and the Port Douglas Football Club Inc.
Having won the seniors grand final this year in the Cairns AFL was the ultimate reward for the sacrifices made all year by not only our wonderful group of players but by the coaching staff, support staff, medical staff, the board, sponsors and members alike.
Firstly I would like to take the opportunity to thank the outgoing President of the last 2 years Greg Nicholson.
Greg has been nothing less than a tireless worker in the forefront of the football club but unnoticeable behind the scenes his work has been broad for our great club and personally I have the upmost admiration for the efforts and working with him these past 2 years. We wish him well in the journeys ahead and thank him for his wonderful contribution.
The board last year was a bit light on but we all banded together and worked through the season and I thank John Cameron, Brian Williams, Barry Lea, Andy Smith and Darren & Louise Wall.
I’m sure you will also be behind me in wishing Darren the speediest of recoveries and am sure that will happen now he is home with his family.
The coach Brad Cooper takes on the main role again in 2017 and is once again assisted by Wes Glass in what last season proved to be a greatly balanced coaching team.
Brad not only won the Cairns AFL coach of the year in where he assisted the North Queensland team v the South Queensland lead up game to the Suns v Bulldogs game he also won the Queensland coach of the year which is a huge achievement for Brad but also our club he represents.
Brads amount of work not only on game day but his planning behind the scenes and work in studying the opposition is second to none and we are so glad to have him in the head coach role once again.
The board this year has grown significantly and sees the following taking up positions.
President Chris Bradsworth
Vice President Barry Lea
Treasurer John Cameron
Secretary Adam Hollyock
General board, Brian Williams, Andy Smith, Jim Buckley, Darren Saxon, Travis Schumacher, Mick Evans & David Lowe.
Social Alex Ridgway & Kallam Oates.
We are lucky to have back Jim Buckley who is chanting at the bit to get back to head up the football department once again with Brian Williams and Mick Evans.
We have a couple of Christmas function coming up where we need to show support to our great sponsors.
The first is at The Rattle & Hum next Friday 9th December from 5.30pm. Danny & Laura have been tremendous sponsors and Friday night will be no exception where again they will roll out some pizza’s and happy hour drinks. We ask all players, staff, sponsors and members to attend which will be a great night to catch up over a few bevvies.
The Friday after on the 16th December sees us wrap up the year at another of our great sponsors The Barrier Reef Tavern Christmas party from 500pm. There will be happy hour drinks as well as the huge mega raffles to finish off. So again we ask everyone to get down and have a drink with Fred & Lola.
Saturday 10th sees us having a small training run at the club from 10.00am followed by a bacon and egg feed, shower and hop on the bus down to the Australia 2 v Pakistan tour match at Cazalys. Return tickets for this including breakfast will be $35 and need to be finalized to Jesse Mawson by Monday 5.00pm on 0431 071 779 to we can book a bus. Bus will leave at 11.30 from the club and return approx. 9.00pm.
Pre-Season training has started as of Wednesday 31st November with a light run and a swim at the Mirage pool. This will continue for the next 4 Wednesday’s from 5.30pm and will involve a light run and a bit of fun with each session with the New Year kicking off Wednesday/Friday training from 18th January at 5.30pm.
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Regards,
Chris Bradsworth.
PRESIDENT PORT DOUGLAS CROCS AFL

2016 Premiership Team

2016 Premiers!

2016 Premiers!

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. 15th June 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 – 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

President’s Report 5th Feb 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 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

Presidents Report 1st May 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 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.

 

 

Jan 2015

Hi all

Happy New Year and all the very best for the year ahead.

With roughly 12 weeks to go until the first game of 2015, the committee and coaching staff are going flat out in an effort to replicate the results of 2014.  Our Head Coach, Coops and Football Manager, Jim Buckley have been feverishly recruiting, trying to replace some of the lads that have decided to move home.  To date the results have been very encouraging with some very good prospects relocating to the Crocs.  A very important part of the recruiters job is to ensure that we maintain as many of our existing players as possible.  One of the main reasons players leave is the lack of suitable employment.

 

Over the last few years the Port Douglas Football Club has endeavoured to attract players that can not only play the game but are good quality people as well.  As a result, it’s a lot easier to find work for someone of good character and a strong work ethic.  The footy club gains, as does the community in general.  Some of the recruits  have already moved to town and others are on their way and they’ll all be needing work.  Some are qualified tradesmen and others who are more flexible with their job requirements.  As supporters of the club, I’d like you to be mindful of this.  It’s an issue that the club faces every year and one that would be made a lot easier if we all played a part in finding these fellas some work.

 

Very soon we’ll have a renovated web site that will include a jobs board and contact details of those looking for work and those that are prepared to offer it.  In the mean time I would love to hear from anyone who may know of any available work on offer, regardless of the type of work. And don’t forget there will be wives and girlfriends looking for work as well.  Everyone knows it can be daunting moving to a new town. Let’s all help to make the transition as easy as we can.  These young people give us a lot of enjoyment throughout the year, on the field.  Let’s help them off it.

 

Greg Nicholson

Mob: 0428 128 044

 

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