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.’’
A fire truck has lost two of its back wheels on the Goulburn Valley Highway
The Ovens & Murray qualifying final between Yarrawonga and Lavington on Saturday left spectators talking more about the standard of umpiring than the two competing teams.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
Police Association slams secret roster trial.
District hotels and businesses may change rosters with penalty rates for casual employees on Sundays set to be cut.
Students visit local businesses for reading lessons
Bottle thrown at Jason Cole in bitter aftermath to Seymour-Benalla game on Saturday.
A truck driver is lucky to be alive after crashing into a Jerilderie home yesterday morning.
Chef and co-owner of Heathcote’s Willow Room Brent Loam is thrilled with the listing in the 2015 Age Good Food Guide
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
TRUCKtalk magazine all the rage with local truck drivers.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
An unknown sum of money was stolen from Benalla Golf Club this morning after thieves broke into its gaming room.
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