COACH: PHIL HAZELMAN
2016 FINISH: EIGHTH (2–14)
2016 BEST-AND-FAIREST: SHAUN DELAMERE
2016 LEADING GOAL-KICKER: DARCY ROBINSON (40)
GROUND: MATHOURA RECREATION RESERVE
After a tough season last year Mathoura playing coach Phil Hazelman is asking one thing from his side: Improvement.
The Timbercutters finished with just two wins and have lost reigning club best-and-fairest Shaun Delamare and key midfielder Matt Sparey.
Despite this, Hazelman has full belief his side is on the right track with some key recruits, signing Rowville onballer Jake Ellery and Echuca ruckman Scott Betson.
“Jake was playing Division One footy in the Eastern Football League so he’s got a great amount of experience,” Hazelman said.
“We lacked in the ruck department last year so Scott will fill a much-needed void.”
The Timbercutters will also welcome back a host of returning players, most of whom have had a year off footy.
Talented utility Brodie Unwin and forward Nathan Kavanagh headlined the list of those returning, Hazelman said.
The Timberbercutters’ coach is also banking on another big year from swingman Callum Harding-Davies and Darcy Robinson after injury to the latter interrupted his season.
“They’re (Harding-Davies and Robinson) both great targets up forward and can be put at the other end to defend if need be,” he said.
“We’ve been training since October and have had three practice matches so I’m confident that we’ve covered our bases to be prepared for a tough start to the year.”
IN: Jake Ellery (Rowville), Scott Betson (Echuca), Dougal McKindlay, Brodie Unwin, Nathan Kavanagh, Jeremy Pearson, Ben Vesty, Daniel Branch, Jake Stevens (year away).
OUT: Shaun Delamare (Wakool), Matt Sparey (Tooleybuc Manangatang).