Sam Haywood, coach Aaron Viney, Jarrod Price, president Mark Perkins and mascot Buster sharpen their skills ahead of this year’s NTFA season. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGSAFTER winning the NTFA senior premiership in its first year back in the competition last year – the South Launceston Football Club heads into the 2015 season in a strong position on and off the field.
Senior premiership coach Aaron Viney again takes charge and said 2015 was about improvement as a group and as individuals.
“We haven’t put any expectations on ourselves, but last year we were hit really hard by injuries to key players so monitoring some older bodies has been a priority this preseason,” Viney said.
“We have a number of good kids ready to come into our side and have a real impact at senior level after getting a taste last year.
“We are welcoming a couple of guys back to the club that started their senior careers here in Jarrod Price, after spending the past four years with Longford, and Ben Haywood returns after playing with Fingal and Longford.”
Viney said the club had re-signed most of its playing group from last season with the exception of Jake Laskey and Kailem Baker who have headed to the Western Storm to try their hand at TSL level with the club’s blessing and Stephen Heppell who has moved to the mainland.
Off-field, the Bulldogs have a new president with Mark Perkins replacing Rod Patterson and a new board consisting of Andrew Claxton, Terry Coghlan, Louise Tarr, Craig Newman, Wayne Mitchell, Michael Quill, Jade Elmer, David Burk, Felicity Viney, Greg Prosser and Paul Etchell.
“After starting the 2014 with no teams and a huge amount of debt, also conflict with and little support from AFL Tasmania, the club is now focused on community football,” Perkins said.
“The 2014 board have done an outstanding job to get the club back to where it should be, on top, and we are also looking to open up the facilities that we have here for outside community users.”
Perkins said they already had a cricket side using the ground and a personal trainer operating out of the gym which local people could join and use.
“Our focus is well and truly on the community and families to be part of our club and this also incorporates our fantastic junior football club.”
The Bulldogs have resumed training on Mondays and Thursdays at 6pm. Viney can be contacted on 0438 431 025.
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