Tatong Magpies are hoping 2013 is a much better season. The will again be coached by Andrew James.MEG PIGRAM November 14, 2012 5:03am
The Tatong Magpies are hoping to turn around what could only be described as a dismal 2012 Ovens and Kings Football season.
Andrew James is back at the helm for his second year in 2013 and hopes his new recruits and a weakening injury plague will pay dividends for his side.
‘‘We just want to improve and be a little bit more competitive on a week-to-week basis,’’ James said.
‘‘Our injuries last season really killed us and we’re hoping we can kick that next year,’’ he added.
‘‘We also had a lot of player unavailability.’’
The Pies were back to pre-season training this week where they mixed and mingled with newcomers Jack Frampton who joined from the All Blacks, Beau Dickson and Dallas Lepoidovin.
It’s also hoped that Michael Donehue will sign on for the side as well, but that’s yet to be confirmed.
‘‘We are also speaking with five or six others players,’’ James said.
While the 2012 season was far from ideal for the side, James is hopeful of a top eight finish in his second year as coach — a role his father held for two years before him.
‘‘We want to be competitive week in week out — I think our biggest rivals are going to be Moyhu and Tarrawingee,’’ he said.
In an off-season boost for the club, they are in the process of receiving new club rooms at Tatong Reserve.
Pre-season training is under way and will be held each Monday and Wednesday night at the gardens with a barbecue for families from 7
‘‘It’s a real family-friendly atmosphere.’’
Leukaemia diagnosis for Shepparton boy Travis Lamont, 17, hits his family hard.
Yarrawonga Football Netball Club senior footballer Jeremy O’Brien celebrated his 200th senior Ovens and Murray Football Netball League game against the Wodonga Bulldogs on Saturday.
The trip to Deakin Reserve pitted the fourth-placed Bulldogs up against sixth-placed Demons in a vital match to consolidate a finals berth.
Deputy Premier Peter Ryan and Deputy Nationals leader Peter Walsh are expected to make a significant and long-awaited bridge announcement tomorrow.
Sergeant Dale Simm of Rochester police is warning the public to be wary of phone calls offering all sorts of great prizes.
100 days at Tongala Primary.
Mark Grainger cannot believe his luck after suffering a heart attack on the day a new drug was approved to be administered by paramedics.
A man who attempted, but failed miserebly, to rob the Tocumwal Pie Shed is still on the run from police.
District residents judge the top releases from the Heathcote wine region during the second annual Heathcote Wine Show on the weekend.
A sporting precinct has emerged as the main driver behind merger of Cobram and Victory soccer clubs.
A top-three finish is on the cards for the Deni Rovers after they knocked off Jerilderie on Saturday.
Innovative irrigators are being encouraged to apply for a 2014 Rural Water Award and the chance to win a $2000 cash prize.
Three Benalla residents are speaking up to bring the issue of youth homelessness into the spotlight.
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