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Word from new head coach, Peter Davey

Posted 27/4/2019

My first impressions are that this isn’t just the most welcoming football club I’ve been part of, but the most welcoming sporting community I’ve been a part of.

From the first night that I was introduced to the club I’ve had a number of supporters and sponsors (as well as every player) pull me aside for a chat, testament to an already strong culture.

As far as the onfield side of things goes, I see a group of players who have enjoyed the taste of success in 2016 and then the disappointments of 2017 and 2018. The motivation to return to the top is not just something that’s talked about but something that has been evident by action with a core group undertaking running sessions since October.

2019 will be a year of a number of things but what excites me the most is the opportunities that will be given to our graduating and current U19s, as well as some talent that may have been pigeon holed in the reserves over the past few years. Every player who runs out at 2pm on a Saturday will have a defined role to play and will be as important in the make up of the team than any other teammate, regardless of name or natural ability.

Training to date has been of a high standard. The boys are learning and embracing a very, very different game plan, one that I know will be enjoyable to play and good to watch but most importantly, will make us extremely difficult to beat.

As the season draws nearer I look forward to putting what we’ve learnt into action with practice matches against Leopold and Craigieburn before opening our season at Mars Stadium against North Ballarat City on April 13.

To those who I haven’t met, I look forward to doing so over the coming weeks and enjoying together what will be a successful season at The Marsh.