Tony Giardina - Boolarra
have lost some depth from last year, including Kerrin Jones, Joel Mason and Ricky Cochrane.
gained: Chris Whiteoak (Woodside) Jake Jacobson, Simon Lloyd
pre season hasnt been the best, but then it hasnt been the worst either.
we have a really good core of players who are doing all the hard work and putting in the effort, and improvement has started to show.
after last years finals berth and the fact we have come out of players lost and gained pretty much even, the goal is again to be part of the finals...
Nathan Allen - MDU
New Recruits: Ben Perry - Leongatha Darren Sheen - Springvale Districts Jayden Deas - Crib Point Ben Schroen - Hastings Jye Celebrine - Korumburra-Bena Billy Evers - Labrador Shae Walsh - Labrador Ash Allen - Bunyip Player Exits: Tyson Findlay - Korumburra-Bena Stephen Hawkins - Devon Meadows Pre Season: Trained for a month Pre Christmas which included a lawn bowls night at the Meeniyan Bowling Club. Began 2023 training in late January with excellent numbers on the track including new recruits, players up from the under 18s and current under 18 players. Practice games scheduled for March 18 V Yarram and March 25 V Dalyston 2023 Expectation: The Senior team hasn't played finals for some years so with some new recruits we hope that our Senior and Reserve teams can do that in Season 2023.
Sam Davies - Foster
Recruits: Will McDonald from meeniyan Player Exits: Josh Toner to toora Billy Flavelle to Edi-Asp Alex Kane retired Pre season has been okay - pretty standard post Christmas numbers. We continue to incorporate our juniors into our senior trainings to keep developing them in the hope there are some ready to play regular senior footy again this year. Our new reserve coach Nick Hume is working really hard to build a solid, consistent group of players which is pleasing to see and I am very excited to continue to work with him and Mitch our 18’s coach. We have a practice match against Korumburra which will be a great hit out before our standalone season opener with Morwell East. Expectations are too always try and play finals, that’s the benchmark of the majority of clubs. We just want to continue to build on our strong cultures within our playing groups and see where that takes us. It’d be great for our reserves to build confidence and win multiple games throughout the year to help improve our overall depth.
Troy Hemming - Tarwin
New recruits: Jordan Hill Ricky O'LoughlinTom Crocker Morti Snooks Player exits: Cooper Mckinnis Nick Anderson Noah Bee-Hickman Pre Season has been different to last year. Our numbers have been up and down but still good fun. Our new recruits are training well and blending in nicely! We have a practice match against Nilma Darnum on the 18th of march and we also play Caulfield Bears on the 1st of April. 2023 expectation would be to competitive for the entire season again. The lads were fantastic last year but we fell short. We have changed a few things up game plan wise which is going to be exciting for the lads and also our supporters watching. It looks like every club in our league is picking up more players so that's makes it exciting that every week should be a good spectacle. Cant wait for Round 1 against MDU at home who are confident they recruited to go all the way.
New recruits: - Ellie Bates - Kate McCracken - Marni Purivs (Coach) - was going to mention because she didn't play last year. - Laura Robins Player exits: - Sophie Bolam - Brooke Cleeland The netball club has had a great start into 2023, with consistent high numbers at trials the last 4 weeks. It has been great to build on the year of 2022 with new players coming in and welcoming Marni Purvis into a co-coaching role. We are very excited for the season and looking forward to having whole club success.
Mike Santo - Hill End Things have been ticking along out at the Hill. Training numbers have been good but inconsistent, we have a pre season camp coming up and some match simulation training with TTU. We also play Gormandale on March the 18th in a practice match. Fitness has been a key for us in the pre season thus far, although usually being the more talented team last year we lost games we shouldn't have due to lack of effort so that's the main thing we are trying to address. We lost some of our best talent to the Gippsland league which we wasn't ideal but we support them as they will be playing a higher level of footy. Outs - Luke Mulqueen ( Moe ) Tyler Pratt ( Moe ) Ben Kerrigan ( Moe ) We also lost some fringe senior players to the Warragul area. Some exciting ins are Lachie Wilson and Daniel Coates from Warragul. Seth Calway from Drouin. Troy Clarke from Neerim South and Harry Moore from Darnum. Jack Weston Toora Toora Pre-season report - Recruits - We welcome Chris Gardiner, Josh Toner, Majok and Chotnyang Puok, Brendan Weston and Jean Bezzene to Toora this year. All players are hoped to support our senior side push up the ladder. Departures - Matt Ponton who suffered a serious knee injury will not be playing in 2023. Jake McFarland has returned to Yarram. Ryan Archer has departed for Chelsea, Jesse Biemans has relocated and a number of others are weighing up their playing future. Pre-Season - Pre-season numbers have built steadily, with good numbers now on the track we’re looking to prime ourselves for round 1. We’ve got a practice match against Gormandale at the end of March, with the late April start proving somewhat problematic in organising matches. Joe Platt, Harley Hoppner and Oscar Cashmore have all impressed so far and will continue to improve. 2023 Expectations - As a club with the success of our netball and reserves football there were really only two pieces missing in 2022, a junior football side and a competitive senior side. As a coach my minimum expectations are that our senior side becomes more competitive consistently in 2023. We’ve built a squad capable of this, however as always, it really depends on the opposition as well. I’m confident that the 2023 squad will be much improved on 2022, hopefully results at the end of the year agree! Netball - Hannah Weston and Kelsey Angwin are leading the A grade team’s charge towards back to back. The A grade squad looks likely to stick together. Some departures in the lower grades has the potential to test the depth, but our juniors stepping into senior ranks will continue to develop. Good junior numbers have been seen at training and the club will likely field all junior sides in 2023. Craig Skinner - Newborough New players Jake Bishop strong mid from Traralgon. Nathan Whieldon forward from Moe, played juniors at Newborough. Sam Hanson ruck forward from Moe, also played juniors at Newborough. Billy Webster key position returning to Newborough. Jack Vandendolder Moe also returning Junior. Jack Duncan from HillEnd Leaving Mitchell Stanlake Moe Chris Gardiner Toora Pre season this year has been long one with a late start to the Mid Gippy season but much more settled after last year which saw a lot of change. Senior numbers have been good and we finish our pre season off with a camp on Philip Island before practice matches against Trafalgar, Heyfield and Cowwarr. Our expectations for 2023 are to again play deep into finals and thankful to be playing Rd 18 this year. With a competition so even we know every game will be a challenge, with all clubs looking to have improved their senior squads from last year. I feel like we have recruited to fill all our needs and look forward to seeing some new faces with the bulldog jumper on. Our first game is against Yinnar at Yinnar, so it’s a tough start but to be the best we have to beat the best. We’ll know early whether it’s been a good pre season or not. Chris Berboon - Stony Creek Pre season at Stony Creek has seen players, families and supporters from the netball and football work together to complete not only the normal training sessions but various social events to build comradery. The coaches from the football and netball collaborated to run a successful boot camp in Sandy Point, everyone involved worked hard and had a great weekend. With the season quickly approaching the focus shifts to practice matches and refining things on and off the field. The club hopes to build on last year’s performances with all teams striving to make finals. We have seen previously that anything can happen from there. The other focus is to build a great club culture and make Stony Creek a club that families, players, and supporters want to be involved in. Success will grow from there. With the addition of Troy Shepherdson as assistant coach in the football and Jeanette Brown as the netball A grade coach we have attracted a good mix of new and former players to the club. All have fitted in well and have been working hard to make Stony Creek a great club to be a part of in 2023. Paul Henry - Morwell East Exits - Quite a few retirees this year. To many to mention. Recruits Hamish Towns Michael Diaz Ben Lewis Adam Chawner The boys have been working hard on the track through the pre season. We have had a good hit out with a couple of practice matches already. Season 2023 will be Morwell East 50 years, so we will be working hard on and off the field to celebrate that milestone. Peter Mongta - Mirboo Nth Football Club Report New Recruits - Jake Nash, Darcy Brock, Hayden Brock - 2 others close but not confirmed. No Players Exits - NA Preseason started 5 weeks before xmas and we had a total of 46 players training which was positive. 2023 Training commenced on Feb 28th due to the late start for Round 1 and our first practice match will be March 18th against Wy Yung FC followed by a training camp. Expectations for Season 2023 - With new coaches across all football grades and new ideas will be a shift for the playing group in 2023. The club have a good mix of players which range from 18 - 22yr olds and some quality mature age players that will play key position.The clubs expectations will be to play finals in 2023 after missing out for the first time since 2003. The list has shown its capable after a great back end season under Josh Taylor which is always a positive. Jarrod Walker- Fish Creek New recruits are Harry Smith from Mt Eliza Jarrod Livingston from St Mary’s in Darwin Just one player to leave at this stage Kaiza Dorling Pre-season so far has been encouraging, solid numbers on the track with everyone pretty hungry to improve on last year. 2023 expectation is to get back into finals and premiership contention. Hopefully be able to keep a fit and healthy list throughout the year to give us the best chance of success Daniel Taylor - Yinnar Pre season started slow but it has really picked up over the last few weeks which has been good. Coming off the premiership we expect to be competitive every single week like we were last year, we aim to be playing finals as most premiership teams would. At this stage we've lost a couple to retirement, and Luke Linton is travelling over seas. Mark stolk has returned to the club and Damian Yates and Matt Moseley return from season ending injuries mid last year. We've got 7 young blokes up from last year's 3rds and there's 3 or 4 3rds kids this year that will be really pushing for selection come rd1. It's a Very Exciting time for the club! Jason Winderlich/Ray Pickering - Thorpdale New Recruits - Have focused on getting previous Thorpdale players back to the club but have also added Trav Patten from Glengarry. Exits - Brayden Hunt, Tommy Poulton, Michael McMahon Pre Season/2023 expectation - Have been focusing on getting some extra run into the legs. We were able to have good quarters throughout 2022 but couldn’t maintain that for full games. We view 2023 as another development year with the focus to be more competitive for full games. We feel as though 4-5 wins for the seniors would be a good result as we look to build the playing list up over the next 3-4 years. Paul Henry - Morwell East Exits - Quite a few retirees this year. To many to mention. Recruits Hamish Towns Michael Diaz Ben Lewis Adam Chawner The boys have been working hard on the track through the pre season. We have had a good hit out with a couple of practice matches already. Season 2023 will be Morwell East 50 years, so we will be working hard on and off the field to celebrate that milestone.