CO-COACHES: JEREMY O’BRIEN & NICK DOYLE
2016 FINISH: THIRD (13–5)
2016 BEST-AND-FAIREST: BRADY HAYES
2016 LEADING GOAL-KICKER: ASH SAUNDERS (72)
GROUND: JUBILEE PARK
It is a case of back to the future for Tungamah as co-coaches Jeremy O’Brien and Nick Doyle look to turn last season’s grand final despair into pure joy.
In attempting to do so, the Bears have brought eight former premiership players back to the club.
The Bears were pipped at the final hurdle by Shepparton East, but O’Brien is confident that won’t scar his side this season.
“It will be a different side, we have brought players in so I don’t think it will cause that much of a problem,” O’Brien said.
“Maybe some individually may feel it, but that’s about it.”
Former coach Damian Payne headlines a list of new recruits that includes Bodhi Butts, Matt Clarke, Leah Howroyd and Jim Irvine who will be returning to the club.
“They are great additions to have, we are stoked,” O’Brien said.
“We felt that the points system may come into the PDFL, so we are looking to the future and there is no better way than to go back and bring players in who have already brought us success.”
With the season drawing closer, pre-season has begun to ramp up according to O’Brien and the Bears are not shy of placing big expectations upon themselves.
“The last month of training has been really good, we are getting numbers down to the club and we have a pretty strong group together again,” O’Brien said.
“We are expecting to have a big season this year; we want to finish in the top three.”
IN: Jim Irvine, Nick Megarrity, Nick Doyle, Bodhi Butts (Yarrawonga), Matt Clarke, Matt Powell, Chris Powell, Leah Howroyd, Angus McMillian (Mulwala), Kade Rowe, Damian Payne (Coreen Daysdale Hopefield Buraja United), Michael Ciccia (Billabong Crows)
OUT: Mark Betson (Shepparton Swans), Daniel Ellis (Strathmerton), Barry O’Brien (Strathpine Swans)