COACH: MICK CLEELAND
2016 FINISH: SECOND (14–4)
2016 BEST-AND-FAIREST: GREG MEYLAND
2016 LEADING GOAL-KICKER: GREG MEYLAND (66)
GROUND: WAAIA RECREATION RESERVE
According to Waaia president Richard Trimby, finals are a must this season for the club and anything but would be a disappointment.
“We will want to back up and finish as high as we did last season, if not higher,” Trimby said. “If we do not make finals it would be a massive underachievement for this club.”
Despite finishing in second place last season, Trimby believes finals are a different ball game after missing out on the big dance.
“The standard rises and the pressure lifts once you get to that point, and we will have to adapt,” Trimby said.
Waaia has increased its midfield stocks with the signing of reigning PDFL NW best-and-fairest winner and Picola midfielder David Daniel.
“He is a really good footballer, he brings experience and loads of talent to our side,” Trimby said.
Daniel is not the only new addition, with Matthew Brown returning from Nathalia while Luke Carmody joins his older brother Ashley at the club.
“We have had a good off-season, so hopefully with a few new recruits and some improvement in the guys from last season, we can do something special,” Trimby said.
It will not be easy though, and the president understands that the standard this season in the south-east competition has lifted dramatically.
“There are a host of clubs who are a chance to win it, and we are one of them who want to break the trend of finishing runners-up in three of the last five grand finals,”
Trimby said. With round one not too far away, the president has been pleased with how preseason has gone thus far.
“Right from the get-go we have been jam-packed with players. It has been a great summer for the club,” Trimby said.
IN: Matthew Brown (Nathalia), David Daniel (Picola), Luke Carmody (Echuca)
OUT: Shayne Lynch (Rushworth), Jesse Trower, Jack Wilson (Shepparton Bears)