An injection of fresh blood into the ranks could be just what Broughton-Mundoora needs to take the top prize in this year’s Northern Areas Football Association season.
Corey Smith (Norwood), James Smith (Norwood), Matt Ramsey (Kimba), Fraser Keesling and Josh Chapman join the Eagles, and replace about six outgoing players.
The two Smiths join the Eagles after playing for Norwood. Corey played some Reserves games last season with the Redlegs. James should proved handy in Eagles’ line-up as a small forward.
Ramsey will slot in as a half-forward while Keesling fits in nicely at centre-half back.
Chapman, who stands at about 6’5, will add some good height to the Eagles’ line-up as a ruck.
Speaking of their efforts before the start of the new season, coach Rian Crane said there had been a strong focus on getting kilometres into the legs in the pre-season.
Crane said pre-season training had started later than usual this year but their focus was largely the same as last year.
The Eagles are still fresh from the trial game held at the weekend against Solomontown, and previously played an internal game in Port Wakefield.
They kick-off their season against Orroroo, play Jamestown-Peterborough in round two and then meet Crystal Brook in round three for their first game against the Roosters after losing to them in last year’s grand final by 42-points.
Rian Crane (coach)
Ben O’Donohue (assistant coach)
Tony Sims (bench coach)