Historic win as the Crocs claim four flags back-to-back


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The Port Douglas Crocs have become the second team in AFL Cairns history to win four premierships in a row. Images: Richard Nichol (AFL Cairns)

The Port Douglas Crocs AFL team has made history by becoming the second team in the history of AFL Cairns to win four premierships in a row.

The Crocs managed to get up over the South Cairns Cutters at Cazaly’s Stadium on Saturday.

Crocs board member, Chris Bradsworth, said he and the team are all ecstatic with the win that cements the Crocs as one of the top sporting teams in the region.

“We can’t describe how proud we are of this year’s player group and over the last six years, as well as the coaching staff, medical staff, and board members,” he said.

Mr Bradsworth said the camaraderie and support of all the teams in the league are what keeps AFL Cairns strong and flourishing.

He said the Crocs have taken a few pointers from the only other team to have won four in a row, the Souths Balaclava FC, now the South Cairns Cutters. 

“We pride ourselves on taking tips from the Souths' model from a few years ago about respect and compassion,” he said, 

“And they have let us know they are trying to raise their team to the next level by tapping into what we are doing.

“It is all about helping each other out, it’s about respecting each other, respecting the other clubs and our sponsors and our town.

“Once we get all that right and recruit the respectful footballers that come into the club, well, it’s bigger than just football.”

The Grand Final game itself was a hard-fought match with the scores almost level at the end of the third quarter.

The Cutters only managed to chalk up one goal in the final quarter of the game leaving Port Douglas to march home with a 34-point victory.

Wayne Pavitt, who has finished out a great first year with the Crocs, kicked three goals during play while Crocs Captain Kye Chapple kicked two.

Bradsworth said it was the speed and freshness of the Crocs that helped them secure the win, with the help of consistent interchanges.

“The number of interchanges our bench makes and to have those fresh legs in the last quarter was key for us,” he said.

“You could see we have the legs and run over the top of the other sides. In the last four grand finals, we have just run over the top of the other teams.” 

Bradsworth thanked the team’s supporters, sponsors, and players but made special mention of Croc’s senior coach Brad Cooper.

“We have the most elite coach in country Queensland at the moment; he is a legend of the game and we are so lucky to have him,” he said.

He also said he reckons the team has what it takes to go all the way next year as well.

“I personally said to the player group and the coaching staff four years ago, in the middle of ground when we won the first one, we worked so damn hard for these things, I never want to see the cup go down the highway again.

“I am really proud of us as a club and it’s the little 1 per cent part that everyone kicks in that makes the well-oiled machine that is the Port Douglas AFL Club.”

2019 AFL Cairns Grand Final Results

Port Douglas: 15.9 – 99
South Cairns: 9.11 – 65

Goal Kickers: W. Pavitt 3, K. Chapple 2, A. Gross 2, D. Moore, D. Davidson, J. Mawson, K. Bradshaw, P. Bury, B. McKeown, W. Glass, C. Taylor
Best Players: J. Wilson, W. Glass, P. Bury, D. Moore, D. Wearmouth, A. Boone

Goal Kickers: J. Barnett 3, T. Keilar 2, P. Smith, D. Bosen, C. Allen, J. Dixon
Best Players: C. Campbell, A. Rogers, N. Stow, J. Roach, L. Anning, D. Bosen

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