PRIMED SAINTS

McIvor Times - - SPORTS - By VANESSA WILT­SHIRE

THAT’S a wrap for 2018.

Heath­cote Foot­ball Net­ball Club has fin­ished four hard weeks of pre­sea­son, with their fi­nal train­ing ses­sion and bar­be­cue held on Thurs­day.

The last month has seen 40 dif­fer­ent play­ers take part in pre-sea­son with an av­er­age of 25 play­ers per train­ing ses­sion, which in­di­cates de­ter­mi­na­tion and com­mit­ment for the year ahead.

At the re­cent AGM, the fol­low­ing po­si­tions were elected: Re­becca Dick­in­son, pres­i­dent; John Mc­Carthy, vi­cepres­i­dent; Heidi Pianta-Cook, sec­re­tary; and Sharon Bibby, trea­surer.

Com­mit­tee mem­bers in­clude Roland De Man, Dar­ren Lewis, Brett Kelly, Alex McIvor, Brice Pianta, Mar­i­lyn Free­man, Betty Tobin, Carl Obst, Mick Ayres, Lisa Can­non, Dean Bibby and Danielle Maw­son.

All foot­ball coaches have been ap­pointed and the club is thrilled to have se­cured Wayne Prim­mer as the se­nior coach for 2019. As­sist­ing him is Codie Price.

The re­serves coaches are con­firmed as Nick Malav­isi and Mick Ayres.

Darcy McLean and Louis Pic­colo will coach the un­der 17 side.

In 2019 the Saints will field both an un­der 12 and an un­der 14 team in the Bendigo Ju­nior Foot­ball League. They will be hold­ing reg­is­tra­tion days af­ter Christ­mas.

The club has also been busy at­tract­ing new play­ers to Bar­rack Re­serve. Con­firmed are Codie Price (Sand­hurst), Dy­lan Robin­son (Mul­wala), Jor­dan and Kai Caval­laro (New­bridge) and Pat Cum­mins.

The Saints con­tinue to talk to sev­eral play­ers and look for­ward to an­nounc­ing new re­cruits in the New Year.

With last Thurs­day be­ing a washout, the launch of the new net­ball court, to­gether with try­outs for A, A-re­serve, B and B re­serve grades, were resched­uled to the fol­low­ing Tues­day. An up­date will be pro­vided soon.

Fi­nally, Lor­rae Closter has signed on to once again take charge of the se­nior net­ballers in 2019.

The coach­ing ap­point­ments for the lower grades will be filled closer to the sea­son.

The club has been thrilled with the re­sponse to the net­ball tri­als, but are al­ways on the look­out for fu­ture Saints if any­one wants to come down to Bar­rack Re­serve to try out.

Heath­cote foot­ballers have wrapped up a big pre-sea­son on the track ahead of the Christ­mas break.

Saints play­ers take a well-earned stretch af­ter pre-sea­son train­ing.

Jonty Kelly and Liam Ire­land on the track.

Jamie Baker launches into a huge kick.

Darcy McLean fires off a pass.

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