Res­ur­rec­tion for Saints


The Advocate (Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Lisa Thomas

THE Bullsbrook Saints Foot­ball Club is look­ing for­ward to a fresh start this sea­son af­ter a “tough” 2016.

Coach Ray Marsh said the club al­most folded at the start of the pre­vi­ous sea­son when only six play­ers turned up for pre­sea­son train­ing.

De­spite push­ing ahead and re­cruit­ing more play­ers, the team strug­gled through the sea­son, fail­ing to win a game.

Marsh said the team had a point to prove this year and was look­ing for­ward to a com­pet­i­tive sea­son.

“We lost 20 play­ers, with a lot of play­ers moving to other clubs,” he said.

“We lost ev­ery game and fin­ished last, which was re­ally tough for the boys af­ter mak­ing it to the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nals in 2015.”

Marsh said the Saints would re­turn to the field stronger this year, with a new team of young play­ers.

“We’ve got 40 play­ers on the books this year, with 26 on the track,” he said.

“There are a lot of young play­ers, with an av­er­age age of 21. Scotty Noo­nan, Brad Mu­timer, Bradley Flavel and Patty Mather were look­ing re­ally good in pre-sea­son and I think they’ll be ones to watch this sea­son.”

He said he ex­pected Chid­low to be the team to beat this year.

“Gidge­gan­nup have been the strong­est team over the past few years, but Chid­low are look­ing good. They have a few good play­ers and haven’t lost many of their older play­ers,” he said.

The team will take on Mun­dar­ing in the first game of the sea­son on April 30.

Marsh said he was con­fi­dent go­ing into the game.

“I feel con­fi­dent. I think they’re a side we can match up against by look­ing at how we are per­form­ing in pre-sea­son train­ing,” Marsh said.

He said sup­port­ers and sponsors had been bril­liant and had sup­ported the club through the tougher days.

He said he hoped the club would gain more sup­port over the up­com­ing sea­son.

“We need more sup­port from the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“I should be able to walk into the lo­cal pub and have peo­ple know I’m the coach of the lo­cal footy team. There is a lack of sup­port from the com­mu­nity, so we would en­cour­age peo­ple to get be­hind the team and come to watch some of the games.

“We’re keen to move for­ward and build up this new team and are look­ing for­ward to a stronger year.”

Pic­ture: David Baylis­mu­ni­ d467388

Bullsbrook Saints Foot­ball Club pres­i­dent Andrew Bonomi and coach Ray Marsh are hop­ing for a bet­ter sea­son.

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