Wanderers aiming to improve
AS the reigning premiers there is always the want and the need to come back bigger and better next year and defend the previous season’s title.
For Beechworth Wanderers, that is what they’re trying to achieve but on a bigger scale.
They have lost just one player in Matt Ryan to university, and a number of older players are coming back and adding depth to the ranks.
“One of our focuses this year is to not drop away; we want a top-four finish and we want to give ourselves the best chance we can at another premiership,” Beechworth coach Mark Butters said.
“You look to remain competitive in games every season, but we want to compete for another flag and start a run of dominance and really build that success-driven culture.”
The youth will also be looking to make another step up, with the likes of Matt Pearce tearing up the preseason track.
“Matt hasn’t missed a beat,” Butters said.
“He has been to every training session and after last season and some extra work with representative stuff this off-season he is looking very sharp.
“It looks as though his batting has progressed, he’s more balanced and his timing is better.”
Butters said the team will look to take some load off the Surrey brothers.
“Kayde and Brenton are obviously class players and have been for a number of years now, but we just can’t rely on them all the time,” he said.
“It would be great to be able to talk about someone else; Kayde and Brenton will get their runs but we need everyone to step up and take some onus.
“Just little improvements like that will make us a stronger side.
“I also think our fielding needs to improve; there was a noticeable uptick in the finals last year and if we are able to bring that same intensity we will limit sides more effectively.”
A VOW: Beechworth Wanderers aim to improve upon their successful premiership winning 2016/17 season.