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Purcell leads Roos again

Tuesday, 3rd March, 2020

South Football Club’s Leadership Group for the season include Captain Marc Purcell (centre) and Vice Captains Arlen Bird (left) and Marcus O’Brien. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson South Football Club’s Leadership Group for the season include Captain Marc Purcell (centre) and Vice Captains Arlen Bird (left) and Marcus O’Brien. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

By Emily Ferguson

The reigning premiers of the Broken Hill Football League will once again be captained by Marc Purcell, in his third season as South’s man in charge. 

Purcell said he was thrilled to have again been selected to lead the team, a role he believes he is getting better at with age and experience. 

“It’s a massive honour, a cliche saying that, but it really is,” he said. “It’s great to lead these boys and we’ve got a few young fellows coming through so as I’m getting older it’s getting more and more rewarding for me.”

Purcell will be joined in the leadership group by Vice Captains, Marcus O’Brien and Arlen Bird, who between them have clocked up nearly 400 games. Their insight and understanding of the game is what Purcell believes gives them value as leaders. 

“Marcus might even be over 200 games and Arlen’s notching on about 180 so it’s just that wealth of knowledge and experience that they’ve got and along with their on field attributes that will really help them and help us so it’s great,” said Purcell. 

The leadership group’s plan this season is to instil the motivation to continue to succeed. 

“Biggest thing for us is trying to keep people motivated,” Purcell said.

“We’ve come off a lot of success and success can breed complacency, so we’re just trying to keep them motivated and set a new challenge.

“The three premierships in a row is a great thing but just more of a challenge against ourselves to see if we can continually keep improving.”

Purcell said South’s preseason training had been preparing them well. 

“Preseason is preseason. I really enjoy it and we’ve had a few young guys come out this year and a few guys dedicating themselves, putting their hands up, so it’s been really enjoyable - tough but enjoyable.”

South has one new face in the team in Ben Thornes from Western Australia. 

“He’s working up at the Clontarf Academy at the High School,” Purcell said.

“He’s a really good fellow... and he’s fit in well with us so hopefully he can bring something to us on the field.” 

For Purcell, the game plan is to again keep the premiership trophy in the South.

“We’ll aim high and we’ll aim high, miss small, hopefully,” he said.

Purcell said he was looking forward to the start of the season.

“Getting back into it and getting that consistency that it brings to your life as well.”

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