Sometimes there is plenty to be said for consistency; sometimes there is plenty to be said for change.
For Edenhope-apsley, a little bit of both has helped put the club in position for more Horsham District league finals success.
After the Saints made last season’s preliminary final in coach Chris Oliver’s first year in charge, expectations for 2019 were high.
Oliver admitted as much when talking to The Weekly Advertiser before the start of this season, saying the Saints’ goal was to ‘obviously make finals and go deep… and in reality, at least make the grand final’.
With such lofty ambitions, some might have expected the Saints to go on a recruiting spree in an effort to compete with the elite teams in the league.
Instead the team adopted an ethos of quality over quantity.
After losing key contributors Dylan Achison and Sam Mcclure, the Saints targeted Loxton North’s Ryan Gray and South Gambier forward Carl Slape while also enticing former player George Walker back from Gordon in the Central Highlands league.
The moves yielded immediate dividends; Slape and Walker have formed one of the most dangerous goal-kicking