The Old Crocs have been around since 1999 and incorporated in 2002. Rather than losing our skills from the game forever, we have used that experience in the management and development of rugby on all levels, especially junior level, as well as promoting the game to over 35’s to become actively involved.
Since our formation, we have toured each year (with our families) to various places in Australia, including Perth, Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Charters Towers / Magnetic Island, Bowen, Airlie Beach, Camden and Brisbane and overseas to Guam, Phuket and Vietnam, looking for games with like-minded clubs, promoting the game, our tournament and Tropical North Queensland. We set off to Hawaii in September 2012 to participate in the World Vintage Rugby Festival. 2013 saw us go off to Jervis Bay to catch up with the Vincentia Van Gones who have come up here a couple of times.
We are also very keen to host visiting teams to Cairns for whatever reason the visit. A rugby game can always be called at short notice followed by rugby related activities.
Our club has earned a reputation within the Cairns rugby community as hard working and always willing to lend a hand. You will see us working in the bar and kiosk at CDRU home games at Barlow Park. Our fund raising activities accumulate funds that allow us to carry out our Mission Statement to “support and encourage the development of rugby at all levels”. Most recently, sponsored the Junior Referee Academy and prior to that the Junior Playing Academy and have helped out with clubs and players. The referee academy exceeded all expectations with 25 participants graduating to officiating games under supervision. We have again sponsored the 2013 academy.
We are a member of Veterans Rugby Queensland Association – a very active over 35’s association based in Queensland with member clubs all over Qld.
Mostly though, we enjoy the social side of our club’s activities and tours. Lots of planning goes into our activities to make sure everyone involved has a good time on and off the paddock.
We hold our meetings at the Cairns RSL Club (which is our current tournament sponsor) on the first Sunday of a month at 3.30pm in the Catalina Room and talk about rugby things afterwards in the bar.