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No more excuses

Tuesday, 27th March, 2012

NEW ATTITUDE: West coach Dale Tonkin has brought in a performance-based culture to the club. NEW ATTITUDE: West coach Dale Tonkin has brought in a performance-based culture to the club.

New motto and attitude for West

By Balldock

The Robins head into the 2012 season with a brand new attitude and club motto, which will bring a smile to the supporters of the Robins.

And if that brings success in any shape or form it will be a step in the right direction. The new-found enthusiasm is due to senior coach Dale Tonkin. The direction he sees for the club is up, and now is the time. Tonkin has introduced a performance-based culture which he believes will serve the club well going into 2012 along with its new motto “No Excuses”, which means everybody is accountable for their actions. The changes have already swept through the club like a breath of fresh air.

Tonkin, who in his second year as senior coach, has been quietly impressed with the attitude of his playing group throughout the pre-season with numbers between 30 and 35. The fitness base is pretty good and now the cricket has finished the numbers should increase further with a good mix of juniors and senior players. While the Robins have struggled for many years, Tonkin feels that consistency is the big key; if the players as individuals can play at a more consistent level week in and week out, the consistency as a team will improve. If that can happen the players’ confidence will rise and the Robins will be a more competitive side, which will lead to more on field success and comes back to the performance based culture.

The coach has been very impressed with the work of junior Hagen Grose throughout the pre-season and he could be in the mix come round one. Tonkin was confident of big years for Jono Naden who is ready to take the next step and become a very good player for the Robins. The other is Matt Nelson, who is training the house down and throwing himself into every drill and clocking up the miles while others are in bed. The mild mannered ruckman has transformed into the “wild thing” in the off season. Another to impress the coach is Shane Dalby and if he can stay injury free in 2012 he will be a valuable asset for the Robins.

While things are progressing nicely for the Robins they have suffered a couple of huge losses in the off season with Reuben Hayden, Shannon Anthony, Marcus Kickett and Brent Rose all departing the club to join other leagues around the country. These losses have been offset somewhat by the recruiting of Jarrah Maksymow, a handy midfielder, and Aaron Taylor who will play up forward for the Robins.

2012 is a must year for the Robins and while a premiership looks out of the question, consistency in performance will see them win more games which will benefit the Robins and league in the long term. To not play finals in 2012 would be a step backwards. 

Player to watch in 2012
Matt Nelson, Hagen Grose, Shane Dalby, Jono Naden
Reuben Hayden Jarrah Maksymow
Shannon Anthony Aaron Taylor
Marcus Kickett
Brent Rose
Best and Fairest - Matt Nelson
Best Junior - Heath Harris 
Leading Goalkicker - Brett Martin
League Best Junior - Heath Harris (tied)
Wins 7 - Losses 12
Highest Score 20.8 (128) round 17
Lowest Score 5.6 (36) round 18
Goals Kicked 199 Behinds Kicked 182

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