Lions ready to rip into new footy season

HEAR THE LIONS ROAR: Coach Jake Keller, pictured in action against Orroroo last year, is ready to lead the Lions into season 2018. PHOTO: Barry Zander
HEAR THE LIONS ROAR: Coach Jake Keller, pictured in action against Orroroo last year, is ready to lead the Lions into season 2018. PHOTO: Barry Zander

BMW Football Club has put a strong focus on boosting its training numbers and bringing about a sense of stability as the start of season 2018 looms. 

Coach Jake Keller was optimistic after the club’s work in the pre-season and said the squad was looking good this year.

“The focus has been getting numbers to training,” he said.

Last year, the Lions struggled with numbers at training but this has improved in the lead-up to the new season.

“We’ve got good running in the legs. We’re fit and ready,” Keller said.

The focus has been getting numbers to training. We’ve got good running in the legs. We’re fit and ready.

Jake Keller

Mick McCallum, a versatile utility, and Matt Christopherson, a handy flanker, return to the mix along with Stephen Sochacki who joins the Lions after playing in the state’s South East.

The Lions will play one trial game against the Spencer Gulf Football League’s South Augusta on April 14.

Keller was up front about last year’s performance.

“Last year was a tough season,” he said.

“Players were a bit all over the shop.”

With new president Damian Smith at the helm of the club, the Lions’ training and pre-season has been changed.

“We have retained our players. We can have a game plan that we don’t have to change week to week,” Keller said.

In other club news, the Lions are set to host former Collingwood star Dane Swan at a social night to be held in Melrose in April.