In­flux of youth gives Demons bright out­look

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - DEMONS SEASON PREVIEW - David Charlesworth

RE­TURN­ING from a grand fi­nal ap­pear­ance in the 2017 sea­son, the Wa­roona Demons are build­ing for the fu­ture this year.

Club pres­i­dent Shane Della Franca said there would be a lot of youth this sea­son as the club de­vel­oped its younger play­ers.

“It’s a re­ally young feel and we’re ex­tend­ing some of our young lo­cals so ex­cit­ing times,” he said.

Even while de­vel­op­ing the play­ers’ ex­pe­ri­ence on the field, Della Franca said it was still the club’s aim to re­peat last year and go all the way to the grand fi­nal.

The Demons were fifth at the end of the reg­u­lar sea­son last year and fought their way through four fi­nals rounds to take their place in the grand fi­nal against Pin­jarra.

Della Franca said pre-sea­son had been pos­i­tive, with good num­bers at train­ing.

“The num­bers are def­i­nitely up from last year,” he said.

Della Franca said the league side was in good hands with coach Dean Tay­lor, with a num­ber of de­buts made in round one against Man­durah.

“We had quite a few guys make their league de­but which was ex­cit­ing,” he said.

“There’s def­i­nitely some promis­ing play­ers.”

Della Franca said the re­serves had played well last sea­son de­spite strug­gling with player avail­abil­ity like many teams, but were shap­ing up well this year with good num­bers.

For­mer Wa­roona De­mon Mark Moody takes up the post as coach of the colts this year.

Af­ter a tough sea­son last year, Della Franca said Moody had been work­ing hard with the team to be mo­ti­vated and ready for the com­ing sea­son.

“He’s done a power of work in the off sea­son, got new and old faces in the colts side,” he said.

“Not hav­ing good re­sults it’s hard to front up, but he’s got them back on board.”

While the first round against Man­durah on April 7 had been tough with losses in all three di­vi­sions, Della Franca said great po­ten­tial had been shown by a num­ber of play­ers and it was a pos­i­tive start.

“With some of the youth com­ing through we’re in a good place for the fu­ture, that’s for sure,” he said.

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