Mag­pies on the hunt for flag

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Footy Countdown - BY JONATHAN BOX

Wick­liffe-lake Bo­lac will look to go one bet­ter in Minin­era and District Foot­ball League this year af­ter fin­ish­ing run­ner-up to Taty­oon last sea­son.

But the Mag­pies will have to wait un­til round two af­ter Easter to host Taty­oon for a grand-fi­nal re­play.

Wick­liffe-lake Bo­lac’s sea­son will kick off with a round-one clash against Glen­thomp­son-dunkeld, which last year pro­vided the Mag­pies with one of their three losses, when the sides met in round seven.

This was the only time Wick­lif­fe­lake Bo­lac played the Rams in 2016, so it will be a good test for the Mag­pies to re­deem that loss straight up.

The Mag­pies, who are led by Otto broth­ers Nigel and Michael, had a big in­flux of play­ers last year which con­trib­uted to the club’s suc­cess­ful sea­son, re­sult­ing in a 15-three win­loss record.

Play­ers have lodged only a few out­go­ing clear­ances for the Mag­pies, in­clud­ing Julian and Todd Cameron who are head­ing back to Beaufort, and Alex Mcin­tyre, look­ing for a change of scenery at SMW Rovers.

Oth­er­wise, the Mag­pies have re­tained much of their 2016 list.

The list of re­li­able and strong per­form­ers go­ing around again in­clude three-time league best and fairest Bradley Keilar, 2016 Mag­pie lead­ing goal-kicker Nigel Otto, Tom Gib­son, Chris Thorn­ton, Tris­tan May, Michael Otto and Bai­ley Veale.

Join­ing this con­sis­tently re­li­able list that the Mag­pies con­tinue to be able to put to­gether are nu­mer­ous play­ers from sev­eral dif­fer­ent leagues, with the ma­jor­ity of in­com­ing clear­ances com­ing from Avoca foot­ball club in the Mary­bor­ough-castlemain­e District Foot­ball League.

Ty­ron Jolly and Har­ley Hunter will be big in­clu­sions for the black and white as well as be­ing joined by team-mates Thomas Walker, Daryl Perkins and Tay­lor Hall.

An­other ad­di­tion for the Mag­pies is Nathan Cur­tis from Hamil­ton Kan­ga­roos.

Af­ter a long, gru­elling pre-sea­son, round one can­not come quick enough for the Mag­pies, who will be keen to fi­nally see some of their hard work pay off, and for ev­ery­one to see where they match up in the league.

Pic­ture: ANDY ROGER, THE WEEKLY TIMES

LEADER: Michael Otto will lead Wick­liffe-lake Bo­lac this sea­son with his brother Nigel.

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