Crocs captain confident the boys can win four flags in a row
The captain of the Port Douglas Crocs AFL Club is "100 per cent" confident he can lead the team to a fourth premiership in a row on Saturday.
Kye Chapple said the reality of the big game is beginning to sink in around the club after the boys had a week off on the back of their win in the first week of finals.
However, he said everyone, from the coaching and support staff to the players, is trying not to let the nerves set in.
“It is starting to get exciting now,” he said.
“Especially in the last few days, ever since Tuesday night at training it has been sinking in a bit more.
“We are taking it the same as the last three years we’ve won it, doing the same things and just being prepared.
“I think you have to go into it confident so I’m 100 per cent confident that we are going to win and it’s going to just as special as the first one but doing four in a row would be unreal.”
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The Crocs will train for the last time tonight before taking center stage against the South Cairns Cutters at Cazaly's Stadium in Cairns.
“It’s great because all the boys’ families start to come up and there is a bit more of a vibe at the club,” said Chapple.
“We’ll all be together and there will be a few families and friends having a beer at training tonight.”
The last time the Crocs met the Cutters was in the qualifying final two weeks ago when the Cutters were strong in the first half and the Crocs had to wrestle control of the game back for the win.
However, Chapple and Crocs’ forward goalsneak Wayne Pavitt, who only joined the team this year from Kyabram District Football League in Victoria, reckon they’ve got what it takes to beat the Cutters at their own game.
“I think they’ve (South Cairns) got it down pat, they start the game hard and that’s sort of their motto at the minute so we’ll be expecting it,” said Chapple.
“We are up to the task and we also do that. They will be coming out of the blocks and trying to prove something in the first 10 minutes especially.”
“We’ll come out and do exactly the same back, we’ll be first to the ball and it’ll be a good game,” Pavitt said.
While Chapple has played in the Crocs’ last three winning Grand Finals, Pavitt says he’s looking forward to the chance to play a premiership game with Port Douglas.
“Being my first year here I’ve found the club is unbelievable,” he said.
“The people around the club; it starts with the supports and sponsors and comes down to Coops the coach and the players, they are unbelievable to pay with and this would top off a fantastic year by coming away with the win on Saturday.”
Chapple thanked all the people who have supported the club throughout the season for sticking by them through the good times and the rougher times.
“Credit to Coops and all the boys that have stuck around, I’ve ben here for five years now and there is a group of blokes who have been here the same time as me.
“They all good footballers and better blokes which is probably one of the main reasons for doing stuff like this, your mates and supporters.
“To all our supporters and sponsors; thanks for everything during the year and it’s been another good year with a few ups and downs but hopefully we can end it on a good note.”
The Crocs will take on the Cutters on Saturday at Cazaly's Stadium in Cairns from 2.45pm.
The Crocs are not the only local football club to make it all the way this season with the Mossman-Port Douglas Sharks Rugby League team also through to their Grand Final.
The Sharks will come up against the Innisfail Leprechauns at Barlow park at 7.00pm on Saturday as well.
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