Crocs in line to create more history


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Brett McKeown, Assistant Coach Ben Johnson, Senior Coach Brad Cooper, Josh Mawson, and Ash Davidson from the Port Douglas Crocs.
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The Port Douglas Crocs Football Club will be vying for an unprecedented sixth consecutive championship this year, but according to seniors coach Brad Cooper, this will not be something they’ll focus on.

“We have been training since December and the squad is still being added to with new recruits.

“But it’s business as usual gearing up for an April 10 start. Practice games will be played as in previous years. We will also decide closer to round one whether we go with a captain, or captains,” said Cooper.

The Crocs’ first fixtures of the 2021 season will be against South Cairns away on Saturday April 10.

The club posted the following on its Facebook page: “The club will unfurl both senior and reserve flags at home in round 3 vs Manunda and highlights again will be the annual “Pink in the tropics” game in round 5 vs Cairns Saints, Fight MND game vs Centrals in round 9 and for the first time in years the club will not play on Carnivale but will again run the bar at the concert on Saturday night.”

Port Douglas Crocs Football Club was established in 1989 and is the only team outside of the Cairns region. They are the most northern AFL club on the east coast of Australia.

And after winning their first premiership in 1991, they went on to win in 2001, 2005, 2014 and then champions from 2016 to 2020 for a total of nine wins.

It was a Douglas double domination at Cazaly’s Stadium in Cairns last year where the Port Douglas Crocs seniors and reserves teams both came home with premiership glory.

It was a historic five in a row for the seniors, who dominated Cairns Saints (102-72), making them the first team in AFL Cairns history to claim five back-to-back premierships since records began in the 1950s.

The Crocs, the most successful club in the competition, now has six of the last seven grand final wins under its belt.

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