Magpies aiming high
Friday, 25th January, 2013
By Emily Roberts
Football sides have launched into their preseason training and Central is full of enthusiasm for the year ahead.
After last year's disappointing season, the Central A-grade side is looking for a better result.
Justin Heath, who was reappointed as A-grade coach, said the side has had a good first week of training.
"We had 34 players turning up to the first training and about 32 to the next - they are good numbers," Mr Heath said. "The boys are looking very keen."
The Magpies finished fourth last year but ended the season with a strong final month and had several upset victories against grand finalists North and South.
At the end of the season, Mr Heath said his focus would be on the playing group having a strong preseason to set the team up.
He said yesterday that there was a majority of past players turning up to training.
"We have got some new faces and will see how they train before deciding whether they will be in the A-grade side or the B-grade side.
"We've had a very good turnout, especially at this time of the year, and with the heat. But we are giving the boys plenty of drinks breaks and I think it keeps them keen for the next session."
Mr Heath said he and his coaching team had been working with their players to see how their fitness is.
"They are responding well and we are happy with their fitness.
"Jarred Paull has been doing the fitness training. We want to get them fitter than last year. We are also trying to keep their ball skills up to date.
"The coaching staff include Peter Heath, Dave Hunt, Anthony Elliot and, Bgrade coach, Russell Dart.
We have plenty of blokes helping out. "In the next couple of weeks, we will have a meeting and sit down to discuss our game plan."
Mr Heath said he expects the team to pick up from last year.
"A few players debuted last year. Now they have that experience, they will be able to gel together with the blokes that have been playing for four or five years," he said.
He said there were also some promising players that will help lift the side.
"Bayden Quinn and Ben Camilleri always look fit, and young Jesse Dwyer is also fit but has been working on his ball skills. We have a lot of young blokes like that."
Mr Heath said he will continue to be a player-coach but there will be things he will do differently.
"We are looking at having more people on the bench, helping us out with the workload," he said.
"We will also be going through some other things which we will implement during the next two months."
He also said that the club was setting out with the intention of at least reaching a Preliminary Final.
"It would be good to get off the bottom of the ladder and if you make it to a Preliminary Final, anything can happen.
"We hope to win a few more games than last year."