Wan­der­ers aim­ing to im­prove

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By CAM POT­TER

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.”

PHOTO: Cam Pot­ter

A VOW: Beech­worth Wan­der­ers aim to im­prove upon their suc­cess­ful premiership win­ning 2016/17 sea­son.

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