Ahead of footy's season lauches, we begin previewing how your team will go in 2013.MONIQUE FREER March 20, 2013 4:17am
Dean Bradshaw on the right focuses on the ball in last weekend's match. Benalla Ensign on 15/08/2012 CAPTION: Dean Bradshaw on the right focuses on the ball in last weekend's match.
Swanpool Football Club
After finishing the 2012 season in 12th, three places higher than 2011, Swanpool is aiming to continue to improve and climb the ladder.
They’ve brought in a lot of new blood to the club during the off-season and are still in talks with a number of players ahead of the Easter weekend opening round.
Jack Mathieson, Damon Cox and Mathew Williams will strengthen Swanpool’s back line, while former Murray Magpies player Aaron Nankervis will join the midfield as an on-baller.
Taylor Arnold will help strengthen the previously deficient forward line, and Tim Kolodzieg and Warren Finness will provide experience across the ground.
Swanpool has retained a number of its key players, but is sad to lose Warwick Foreman and Ben Cook.
Swanpool heads into the season with a strong pre-season, having been focusing on constructing a game style that is based around quick ball movement to give the forwards the best opportunity at goal.
‘‘Obviously that quick ball movement will allow a number of avenues for goal rather than focusing on just a sole forward,’’ coach Darby Morrison said.
‘‘Really trying to work on spreading our forward capacity and on ball.’’
Morrison said the aim for this season is to continue the team’s improvement, aspiring to finish at the bottom of the finals teams.
‘‘We won four games last year and realistically if we don’t achieve more than that then I think we’ve failed,’’ he said.
‘‘We’re on the way up.’’
Goorambat Football Club
Goorambat had a relatively strong 2012 season with an 11th position finish and is hoping to improve on that with the the recruitment of quality players.
Shane Webber joins the club as the reserves’ coach, as well as former Violet Town premiership player Sean Horsborugh as the assistant coach for the seniors.
The on-baller will be a key player in the centre, replacing former assistant coach Jackson Charles, who moved to Shepparton Swans.
Goorambat has also secured three former Dookie United players — forward Liam Hernan, on-baller Michael Robb and Stuart Sutherland.
During the pre-season Goorambat has focused on getting more experience into the players, and improving the training and fitness of younger players.
Like all teams, Goorambat’s aim is to improve on its previous form.
‘‘This is our fourth year in, we’ve just moved forward only slightly each year and we want to keep doing the same,’’ football operations manager David Hernan said.
‘‘The key for us is to improve from the previous year.’’
Tatong Football Club
After finishing 13th last season, Tatong is looking to improve with a list of new players.
They have recruited strongly, notably bringing Dallas LePoidevin and Shane Newman back to Tatong after time away, recruiting Jack Frampton and Daniel Hickey from the All Blacks, and welcoming Lachie Mackenzie from Avenel and Daniel Vihn from North Wangaratta.
Nick Hill, Simon Smith and Anthony Welsh were all key departures during the off-season, however coach Andrew James is confident that recruit Shane Newman will help fill the void of key ruckman left by Welsh.
The off-season has seen Tatong working predominantly on fitness, and trying to improve its structures and defence.
‘‘Definitely our defensive side of the game,’’ coach Andrew James said. ‘‘We sort of leaked a lot of easy goals, so we’ll try to work closely with the boys .
James said finishing the season between sixth and 10th would be ‘‘a pass mark’’ for Tatong.
Shepparton Swans and Benalla both had altered coaching panels for the Goulburn Valley Football League grand final rematch on Saturday.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The second annual Bonnie and Clyde Rods, Rats and Rides Festival fired up at Tatura Park at the weekend (April 11-12), drawing thousands of petrol heads and rockabilly music lovers to Tatura.
Anyone yet to experience the sport of croquet is welcome to come along to the Rich River club lawns on Sunday to try it out.
Lockington Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Rally is on for the 18th time this weekend and there is something for everyone.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Penalty goal spells heartbreak.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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