South Clare Football Club have their sights set on finals in 2018 after the A grade made it to the preliminary finals last season, having missed out on playing in the major rounds for a handful of years.
Focussing on their fitness and ball movement the club started pre-season training in early January and the Adelaide players commenced training in Adelaide in February.
Senior football director Matt Dare said there has been a bit of player turnover from last year.
Shaun McWaters has left, Justin Walker has returned to Balaklava and Ben Rossi has gone back to Adelaide.
A few new players have joined the team this year, including Eamon ‘Feathers’ Fetherstonhaugh who was previously at Two Wells Football Club. Matt said there will be plenty of opportunities for younger players to have a go this year.
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“Once again we are transitioning young players so we will have a good mix of senior and younger players,” Matt said.
“I was very proud of our results and what we achieved last year and we’re hoping to build on that in 2018.”
A grade coach Justin Michael has returned for his fifth year and said the team has been gradually improving over the past three years.
“This year it's going to be about staying in the finals and trying to go that little bit further,” he said.
The A grade had their first trial match of the season last Saturday in Clare and will be having another trial game against Two Wells this Saturday, April 7.
Kev Reynolds will continue the role of B grade coach after taking the team to the grand final last year.