Influx of youth gives Demons bright outlook
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.