Bombers set to take flight

Alpine Observer - - Sport - TDFL FOOT­BALL By JUSTIN JEN­VEY

DED­ERANG Mt Beauty coach Jack Neil says ex­cite­ment is build­ing around the Tal­lan­gatta and Dis­trict league club again.

The Bombers col­lected the wooden spoon in 2017 but have signed 10 play­ers this off­sea­son and still hope to add to their list over the com­ing weeks.

Among the ar­rivals are eight for­mer play­ers in­clud­ing An­drew Hill, Nick Iaria, Dale Lap­pin, Brent Oh­lin, Sam Creamer, Phil Belling­ham and Jack and Paddy Stow.

They’ve also se­cured the ser­vices of Cody He­wat and Will Stafani from Wodonga Bull­dogs.

“Things are look­ing re­ally good on and off the field and there’s a pretty pos­i­tive vibe around the place,” Neil said.

“We’ve ob­vi­ously brought in some re­cruits and are work­ing on some oth­ers, but we’ve also got com­mit­ments from guys look­ing to play footy again which will add depth to the club.”

Neil said the re­cruit­ing fo­cus was to bring in ver­sa­tile play­ers and peo­ple that would con­trib­ute to the cul­ture at the club.

“Ev­ery­one wants key po­si­tion play­ers but our game plan is go­ing to be based around run and carry and plenty of pres­sure so we wanted ver­sa­tile play­ers,” he said.

“Aside from Brent we haven’t brought in a lot of re­ally tall blokes but most of the guys we have picked up can and will play mul­ti­ple po­si­tions.

“Ver­sa­til­ity was def­i­nitely a fo­cus, but our re­cruit­ing was also about the per­son and we wanted peo­ple that would fit into the club and make it a real pos­i­tive place to be.

“In terms of both those things we’re re­ally happy with the guys that are com­ing in and I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing what they can do for the club.”

In­com­ing young­ster Cody He­wat said he was ex­cited to join Ded­erang Mt Beauty.

“I’ve got some friends out this way so when the op­por­tu­nity to come here pre­sented I jumped at the chal­lenge,” he said.

“I played my ju­niors at Wodonga and made my de­but in the se­niors last sea­son so this will be my first change of club.

“Jack is pas­sion­ate about get­ting the club back up the lad­der and I’m ex­cited for us to come to­gether as a group, play some good footy and get to where we want to be.”

The Bombers will be­gin pre­sea­son train­ing in De­cem- ber and then start again af­ter Christ­mas in early Jan­uary.

Neil said the Bombers will hold a ca­sual get to­gether for mem­bers and sup­port­ers at the Ded­erang Ho­tel on De­cem­ber 1 which the club is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to at­tend.

PHOTO: Justin Jen­vey

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