'Croc' builds SCAFL history with life membership

Family affair: Val, Croc and Frog Little during Croc's induction as a life member at the Sapphire Coast AFL presentation night last week.
Family affair: Val, Croc and Frog Little during Croc's induction as a life member at the Sapphire Coast AFL presentation night last week.

Tathra’s David ‘Croc’ Little made SCAFL history on Wednesday night. 

Accepting an induction as a life member of the league with more than 300 senior games under his belt, Croc joined his dad Rob as the only father-son life-member duo. 

“That’s a pretty proud moment for me,” Croc said to a standing ovation from the 150-strong attendance at the presentation. 

The Sea Eagles veteran graciously thanked league officials, club mates and family and friends in a local Aussie rules career that spans the best part of three decades. 

Rob was among the founding members of SCAFL when it launched in 1983, originally a social pub league with the Tathra Hotel and places like the Pambula Top Pub and Lakeview in Merimbula. 

It takes quite a career to notch up 300 games, but Croc said it almost came naturally as he “kept getting drawn back to the area every time I left”. 

“I’m most proud of that Tathra [Sea Eagles] footy club – the most successful club in SCAFL history and the smallest town.”

He started as a kid working through the junior ranks and cracked his debut in the seniors in his teens in what he described as a then league-dominated area. 

Croc is still pulling on the boots and will play for Tathra reserves in the grand final this weekend.

“From that league-domination then, but to see where it’s at now with the kids coming through … as you come to the end of your career you almost hate playing because you can’t quite do what you used to – but the kids reinvigorate you,” he said.