Former Echuca captain Chris Casey headlines a throng of recruits bound for Moama Football Club ahead of the 2014 season.LUKE MCMANUS February 1, 2014 4:00am
Moama football coach Simon Maddox (left) with, young gun Lachlan Schultz, skipper Michael Sage, recruit Brendan Jay, young gun Jack Harland and newly appointed president David Grubb.
Casey, who captained the Murray Bombers for three seasons, is one of nine new players to arrive at Moama following Rhys Archard’s signing last month.
Alongside Casey and Archard, Moama welcomes four favourite sons back to the club including Jade Pumpa, Brendan Jay and brothers Luke and Kelvin Agg.
Brett Nankervis (Tatura) and Brett Godfrey (Diamond Creek) will be two fresh faces, while assistant coach Ben Welch will be joined by his siblings, Jye and Zac.
The signings come in the wake of a focused recruiting drive by Moama, according to senior coach Simon Maddox.
Maddox, who enters his third season as head coach, said the club’s aim during the off-season was to add experience to its youthful playing list to help ‘‘bridge the gap between us and the top sides’’.
He said the likes of talented youngsters Jamarrah Firebrace, Lachlan Schultz and Jack Harland would benefit from the injection of more seasoned bodies.
‘‘There are probably 700 to 800 senior games between those blokes, which is really good,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ve played a lot of kids over the past two seasons and we’ll get more and more improvement out of them as time goes on.
‘‘But bringing in guys like Rhys (Archard), Chris (Casey), Brendan (Jay) and the Agg boys, for example, will really fast track the development of these kids.
‘‘They are bigger bodied blokes as well which is what we need. Having them out on the ground will make the kids walk a bit taller and do wonders for their confidence.’’
Maddox said Moama’s new batch of players, mixed with ‘‘minimal departures’, would create healthy competition for spots within the senior team.
Moama finished seventh in 2013, only narrowly missing out on finals, which has Maddox setting high expectations ahead of the new Murray Football League season.
‘‘I’m not saying we’re going to be top of the ladder but we’d like to think we’re playing finals,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s all looking really positive at the moment
‘‘We’re looking at two blokes for every spot which is creating competition, something we probably haven’t had in the past couple of the years.’’
Moama’s off-field structure has also taken on a different look with district businessman David Grubb sworn in as the club’s new president.
The sky is the limit for Wanganui Year 12 VCAL student Leigh Polan, 18, who decided to create two posters examining birdlife around the school.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
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.
An ad for the Healthy Ageing Project will be filmed in Echuca, Rushworth and Rochester today.
More than $15,000 was raised at a family day on Sunday. The event was to raise money for the families of Barry Purtell and Dave Lobb.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
Murray Irrigation to search for new boss after Anthony Couroupis finishes with the company.
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.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
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