Ahead of footy's season lauches, we begin previewing how your team will go in 2013.By Monique Freer
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.
Artist Nici Cumpston will hold a free Artist Talk at Shepparton Art Museum tonight, speaking about her body of work based around the Shepparton region.
It’s been a long journey for Tim Roadley but his dream of creating a multi-sport endurance event on the Murray River is now going to be a reality.
It was a big day for Jye McNeil on Sunday, not only celebrating his 19th birthday, but riding a double at the Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club’s meeting, including the big one, the Vraca and Varapodio Italian Plate (1600 m), on the Gerald Egan-trained Jetconi.
Echuca Football Club has signed Joel Magnabosco and Kane Morris for next season.
On Friday Rochester’s St Joseph’s Primary School opened a time capsule which was buried in the 1980s.
Waste collection in Campaspe Shire will change for two weeks during the festive season.
Valley Park Farms' egg production facility is expected to increase production and staff after a $100 000 Victorian Government grant.
Murchison’s Jane Spencer’s first exhibition It Just Dawned On Me will be on show in Shepparton in the first half of next year.
Lisa Milligan has started a new dog grooming business in Heathcote to help fund her Wild ABout Wildlife centre in Kilmore.
Police allege a man attempted to rob a Cobram supermarket today.
Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley says plans are in the works on how to get natural gas to Deniliquin.
New Transport Accident Commission research has revealed why some young country drivers habitually take risks on regional roads.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Parks Victoria and Country Fire Authority will be performing planned burns in Goomalibee on Monday.
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