Bloods build­ing plat­form

Southern Riverina news - - WINTER SPORTS 2019 -

Set­ting up a suc­cess­ful plat­form for years to come is the main fo­cus for the Tocumwal se­nior foot­ball side.

With the de­par­ture of play­ing-coach Tim Gar­lick, 2018 re­serves coach David Bate is now in the driver’s seat for the se­niors with the full sup­port of new pres­i­dent Den­nis Sut­ton.

Tocumwal fin­ished 10th on the Pi­cola & District League lad­der last year and since their last match the Bloods have been on a sign­ing spree.

Trent Boglis, Alex Saraikin, Rob­bie Her­mann and Dion Met­zner are among the names com­mit­ted to play­ing for the Bloods.

Saraikin and Her­mann moved ear­lier in the year from Gipp­s­land to Tocumwal and have de­cided to join the lo­cal club while Met­zner will travel from Co­bram.

On baller Boglis last played for the club in 2013 and has pre­vi­ously played with North­ern Foot­ball League with Mont­morency and at AFL Cairns level with Port Dou­glas.

Troy Poyn­ton and Corey Parish have also both re-signed with Tocumwal.

Bate said the se­nior side has been train­ing for the past month and have been get­ting de­cent num­bers in prepa­ra­tion for the first game.

‘‘We’re train­ing strong and work­ing to­wards the new game plan and style.

‘‘Big Dion Met­zner is prob­a­bly go­ing to play for­ward for us and ev­ery time the ball goes in there he’s look­ing re­ally good.

‘‘A cou­ple of the young play­ers out of the thirds are look­ing strong plus we we also brought over Brock and Zak Thom­son from Deni (Rovers).’’

Bate said the club has been build­ing its depth across se­nior play­ers to strengthen both the se­niors and re­serves.

‘‘Late last year we had guys that just weren’t up to se­nior footy.

‘‘The big­gest fo­cus has been to re­cruit play­ers who can play at the se­nior level so we can work on the game style af­ter that.

‘‘We need to stand up in games and avoid the big hid­ings we had last year.

‘‘Win­ning games and mak­ing fi­nals isn’t as big a fo­cus com­pared to be­ing com­pet­i­tive and strong to the con­test.

‘‘It’s im­por­tant to have our sup­port­ers and mem­bers walk­ing away from games proud we had a crack even if we didn’t win.’’

Tocumwal’s first match of the year is an away game against Yar­roweyah on Satur­day, April 6.

Tocumwal’s A grade side is out for vengeance this year af­ter go­ing down in the grand fi­nal last year to the Deni Rovers.

Like the se­niors foot­ball side the A grade team are un­der the new guid­ance of Kylie Hicks, re­plac­ing play­ing-coach Mil­lie Fer­gu­son.

Hicks’ main goal is to bring back Tocumwal to the glory of the premier­ship win­ning years in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Blighty speed­ster Tom Druitt in ac­tion at Hardinge St Oval on Satur­day night.

Trent Boglis has com­mit­ted with the Bloods this year.

Tocumwal re­cruit Tim Ark­lay (left) with 2018 best and fairest run­ner-up Sam Jenk­ins.

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