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Cats are on the rise

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March 28, 2017

Rhys Woodland strong mark in defence.

LOCKINGTON-BAMAWM United hoped to build on what was already established at the club in 2017.

But the season will be a tall order for the Cats when they face off against Bendigo sides and coach Peter Gibbs said he wasn’t expecting miracles.

‘‘Every club goes out there to win grand finals, but we’re still a little way off one yet,’’ Gibbs said.

‘‘We’re under no illusions about the work we have to do in getting to that stage.

‘‘This season will be about getting those little wins and getting points on the board.’’

Gibbs said scoring was a problem for LBU in previous years and he was looking to fix that in 2017.

A long list of recruits from Melbourne and surrounding clubs was a strong start to getting some wins.

Jordan Brown will again be travelling from Watsonia to play and has added Harry Walker, Hayden Mitchell and Jack Millen to the side.

‘‘We’ve also brought back some local guys in Liam Main, Xavier Kelly and Daniel Maher,’’ Gibbs said.

‘‘Maher has come in as a small-midfielder and he’s been fantastic at pre-season.’’

‘‘A lot of our junior kids are stepping up and having a go at seniors this year,’’ he said.

‘‘We know we’re still not a real tall side, but that means just creating a game plan which works in our favour.’’

Gibbs said the club’s strength was the want for local players to return after playing away for some years.

Numbers had fluctuated at pre-season trainings with a lot of players travelling, but even so the club was still getting a good turn out.

‘‘We’ve had a few practice matches but we’re yet to play a game with our full senior list,’’ Gibbs said.

‘‘We probably won’t see that till round one which we’re all keen to start now.’’

—Jess Gledhill

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