JUMP a few hurdles and last year’s fight and spirit shown by the Queenstown Crows will continue into a new season, says seniors player Jarrod McKenna.
The squad won the Darwin Football Association 2014 premiership, fuelled by the loss of players Alistair Lucas and Craig Gleeson in the town’s Mount Lyell mining accident.
The heartache was combined with the death of father-of-three Michael Welsh, whose son played for the Crows last year.
“I think a lot of people would have been aware we had an extra special reason to play with the fatalities and our teammates passing away,” Mr McKenna said.
“A few people hung around to play.”
If the Mount Lyell closure had been earlier on in the year, instead of July, it may have prompted some players to leave Queenstown, according to Mr McKenna.
OUTNUMBERED: Somerset’s Kayden Last tackles Queenstown’s Jarrod McKenna in the Darwin Football Association senior grand final at Wivenhoe last year. Picture: Stuart Wilson.
“By the middle of the year when that announcement (closure) was made, it was only another couple of months before they had to hang around for the end of the footy season,” he said.
“People could have left a lot earlier than they did but I’m pretty sure they stuck around to honour the fellas.”
Today the club has several hurdles to jump if it’s to get a seniors team off the ground, but Mr McKenna believes it can be done.
He said some of last year’s Crows players have now signed to different teams or moved out of the state for job opportunities.
Senior coach of the 2014 premiership flag Tim King has also moved back to Penguin.
“People are probably thinking ‘well, I’ve achieved the pinnacle’ (DFA 2014 premiership) so they will retire or go to other clubs, but the majority of them are going to be around,” Mr McKenna said.
“We’ve struggled in past seasons and made the finals in both grades.”
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