Bell rings out hope for 2018

McIvor Times - - LOCAL CLASSIES - By MICHAEL MAT­TINGLY

HEATH­COTE Foot­ball Club coach Luke Bell is con­fi­dent his side is on the right track as the club aims to play fi­nals for the first time since 2013.

“The feel­ing around the club has been re­ally good, some re­ally good num­bers at train­ing com­pared to last year,” Bell said.

Last sea­son the Saints fin­ished sev­enth — six wins from the top four. How­ever, Bell be­lieves some handy re­cruits over the off-sea­son could lead Heath­cote back up the lad­der.

“We have landed Damien King and Daniel Rus­sell,’’ he said.

‘‘They will both play a bit of ruck and a bit of for­ward and give us those big op­tions to kick to.

“Daniel has played the last few years at the North­ern Ter­ri­tory Thun­der in the NEAFL, and has im­proved his game up there so that’s a big get for us.”

As well as King and Rus­sell, the Saints will re­gain mid­field­ers David An­der­son, Blake Coyle and Marc Mil­lard – who all suf­fered re­spec­tive knee in­juries last sea­son.

An­der­son spent 2016 with Rochester in the Goul­burn Val­ley League, where he suf­fered his knee in­jury in the grand fi­nal against Kyabram.

Coyle is link­ing back up with the Saints after time with Golden Square in Bendigo and Mil­lard will be look­ing to find the type of form that saw him win the Saint’s 2016 best and fairest be­fore his knee in­jury ruled him out of 2017.

The Saints held their pre-sea­son train­ing camp over the week­end at Bar­rack Re­serve and had par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on one el­e­ment of their game.

“Our fit­ness wasn’t up to scratch last year, we couldn’t re­ally run out games and play full games of footy or go with the top teams so that is some­thing we have tried to get back on track this year,” Bell said.

“The camp was re­ally good. It was pretty tough and de­mand­ing but all our boys would’ve got some­thing out of it.

“We were up at 3am do­ing some heavy lift­ing some sit ups and pushups and some other bond­ing ex­er­cises as well.

“We also did some men­tal train­ing about over­com­ing ad­ver­sity on the footy field and in life gen­er­ally too.”

Heath­cote will play three prac­tice matches, and have a bye in round 1 be­fore its first match against Col­binab­bin at Pi­geon Park on April 14. A TO­TAL of 79 men and 18 ladies played a stable­ford event at the Axedale Golf Club on Satur­day, spon­sored by Bendigo Party Hire. Men’s event In first di­vi­sion for play­ers with hand­i­caps of 0-14, the win­ner was John White (12 h/c, 43 nett).

The run­ner-up was An­drew Schaeche (10 h/c, 42 nett).

Third place went to Grant Lane (9 h/c, 40 nett).

In di­vi­sion two for play­ers with hand­i­caps of 15-18, the win­ner was Mark Pit­tock (16 h/c, 44 nett).

John McCul­lagh (18 h/c, 41 nett) fin­ished run­ner-up, while David Bail­lie (16 h/c, 41 nett) took out third place.

In di­vi­sion three for play­ers with hand­i­caps of 19-36, the win­ner was Peter Ste­wart (20 h/c, 43 nett).

The run­ner-up was Greg Hen­der­son (20 h/c, 42 nett) on a count­back from Ian Ed­wards (25 h/c, 42 nett). Ball win­ners: War­ren Pol­lock (39), Lee McCul­lagh (39), Craig Simp­son (39), Lex John­stone (39), Ryan Fitz­patrick (38) and Ian Kerr (38) on a count­back. Ladies event In first di­vi­sion of the ladies, the win­ner was Linda An­drea (4 h/c, 37 nett). The run­ner-up was Jan Walk­late (16 h/c, 36 nett).

In di­vi­sion two of the ladies, the win­ner was Mar­garet Kerr (33 h/c, 38 nett), while Anne Telford fin­ished run­ner-up (28 h/c, 35 nett). Near­est the pins: 1st hole — di­vi­sion one: Brett Moore; di­vi­sion two: Paul O’Sul­li­van.

3rd hole, 2nd shot — di­vi­sion one: John Ney­lon; di­vi­sion two: Paul OSul­li­van.

6th hole — open: Anne Telford.

16th hole — en­tries Su­per­pin: Craig Simp­son.

18th hole — di­vi­sion one: Paul Pyke; di­vi­sion two: Ian Ed­wards. Other high­lights: Hole-in-one Anne Telford (6th). Birdie ball: Paul Pyke (18th). Sum­mer Cup win­ner: War­ren Pol­lock 116, from Paul Pyke 114, Robin Miller 113.

A GROUP of 49 men played a stable­ford event at the Axedale Golf Club on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 8, spon­sored by Paul Pow­ell Pro­fes­sional Golf Tu­ition.

In first di­vi­sion for play­ers with hand­i­caps of 0-18, the win­ner was Peter Hoskin (8 h/c, 40 pts) on a count­back from Rod Con­nelly (13 h/c, 40 pts). Third place went to Nick­ho­las Wil­liamson (18 h/c, 39 pts).

In di­vi­sion two for play­ers with hand­i­caps of 19-36, the win­ner was Peter Thomas (21 h/c, 42 pts) on a count­back from Mark Kes­per (25 h/c, 42 pts), while John Mur­doch (22 h/c, 41 pts) took out third place on a count­back.

Ball win­ners: Paul Dun­can and Phillip Luke (41), John Gel­dart (39); and Len Rodda, Robin Miller and Ian Lo­gan (37) on a count­back.

Near­est the pins: 1st hole — di­vi­sion one: Mike Fitzger­ald; di­vi­sion two: Peter Thomas.

3rd hole, 2nd shot — di­vi­sion one: Peter Richard­son; di­vi­sion two: Mal­colm Bain. 6th hole — open: Paul Pyke. 18th hole — di­vi­sion one: Mike Fitzger­ald; di­vi­sion two: John Mur­doch.

Long­est drive: Peter Richard­son. Long­est putt: Rod Threlfall. En­cour­age­ment award: Di­vi­sion one: John Tay­lor. Di­vi­sion two: Ge­off Kerr.

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