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.