Take in spectacle of an AFL game at local level. Hear the bumps, feel the earth move and soak up the atmosphere as hometown heros, Port Douglas Crocks take on the Manunda Hawks. Local AFL at its best.
Saturday May 28th sees Port Douglas Crocs take on Manunda Hawks with Reserves at 12pm and Seniors at 2pm.
These 2 sides met in the 2017 Grand Final with Port Douglas coming out on top that day.
Manunda Hawks have recruited strongly this year with an emphasis on recruiting ready made footballers already residing in the Cairns area.
Port Douglas have again recruited well this season and with our local ‘born and bred’ younger players who are improving on a weekly basis, the Crocs should again be very competitive this year.
The Crocs are going for their 4th consecutive senior premiership having won in recent years, 2014, 2016, 2017 and last year (2018).
This feat has only occurred once before in the history of AFL Cairns. Way back in the period 1963 to 1966 Souths Balaclava (a combination of Clubs) won 4 consecutive flags.
Manunda Hawks last past of a flag was 2011 when the defeated Cairns Saints.
Manunda Hawks are coached by the very astute Marc Harbrow, brother of Jarrod Harbrow current AFL player with the Gold Coast Suns and winner of their 2018 Club Championship.
Rest assured that both these side with have a ‘red hot’ go as both Clubs have great respect for each other. For the Crocs it will enable the new recruits to better gel and better understand the type of football up here in FNQ – fast.
Crocs Coach is Brad Cooper having been successful coach in 4 of the past 5 seasons. In addition this will be his 3rd time at the helm of Senior Coach of the South Qld side that annually plays North Qld, generally as a curtain raiser to a scheduled AFL game. Brad has also received the Qld AFL Coach of the Year in both 2017 and 2018.
The Port Douglas Crocs recently celebrated their third straight AFL Cairns premiership.
IMAGE: Lukas Teasdale.