Rovers aim for finals
After an up and down 2017 Mininera and District Football League season, SMW Rovers ended up with 10 wins and narrowly missed out on finals.
Pushing towards the close of the 2017 season the Bulldogs won five out of their last six games, including a seven-goal win over ultimate premier Lismore-derrinallum.
Being so close to making finals and having success in claiming a reserves premiership have been major factors in the Bulldogs’ pre-season and helped the club largely retain most of its 2017 list.
Pre-season has been ticking along nicely, with considerable emphasis on the playing group doing a lot of outside extra work in order to put its best foot forward come game time.
The coaching staff has been happy with the numbers as well as the quality and skills that have been on the track week in, week out.
They hope the team can improve on last year’s performance to finally make the finals.
Adding to last year’s already settled senior group is a list of new recruits to top up where team leaders felt they lacked.
These include Kal Young from North City, Dan Curran and Luke Relouw, Newlyn, Tom Mcwilliam, Beaufort,
Jake Seers, Clunes, and Ben Nankervis who is returning from travelling overseas.
These players have been selected to complement the Rovers’ core group of John Forbes, who was last year’s club best and fairest, Tom Thewlis, a local youngster who is growing and improving each year, and Lachlan Pickering and Alex Mccarthy, who are both very solid footballers who do a job each week.
On the list as well are Jarryd Underwood, who was last year’s club leading goal-kicker. His 63 goals put him in the top five for the league.
With tall youngster Patrick Graham being the only outgoing player for the Bulldogs, the club hopes the new players will boost the depth of both senior and reserve teams and push them in the right direction.
SMW Rovers will travel to Macarthur to play Hawkesdale-macarthur, a team that is always hard to beat, in round one.
The Bulldogs won one and lost one against the Eagles last year and with this in mind the visitors will be keen to undertake the first challenge of the season and start strongly.
Tom Thewlis is primed for a big year with SMW Rovers. Picture: PETER MORGANTI