CO-COACHES: TIM BRAMICH AND MICHAEL LAIDLAW
2016 FINISH: SECOND (13–7)
2016 BEST-AND-FAIREST: TYRON HILL
2016 LEADING GOAL-KICKER: ADRIAN CRESTANI (54)
GROUND: MEMORIAL PARK
After running into a powerful Picola United team on grand final day last year, the Strathmerton Bulldogs have set their focus on going one better in 2017.
Tim Bramich will again be one of the two co-coaches for the Bulldogs this year with Michael Laidlaw joining him at the helm and Matt Shannon stepping down.
Joining Bramich and Laidlaw in the coaching ranks will be off-season recruit Daniel Ellis who joins the club from PDFL South-East outfit Tungamah.
“With Matty stepping down from the coaching role this year, I really wanted an on-field leader with me,” Bramich said.
“Mick Laidlaw has been captain of the club before so he was a natural fit for the role.”
Bramich said the club had been able to add plenty of depth in the midfield as it looked to push harder for premiership success.
“You sort of have to take what you get in terms of recruiting, but the guys we have attracted are top-end talent that will slot straight into our starting 18.”
One of the players that will add plenty to the Bulldogs’ midfield will be former Murray Bushranger Mikal Bloom.
“As a club, we have been able to keep our core group together that has played in the last four grand finals, but we know we were a fair way off the pace last year, so we will be looking to fix that this year.”
In: Mikal Bloom (Sea Lake Nandaly), Zeke Bunge (Moonee Ponds), Steve Devlin (Murchison), Daniel Ellis (Tungumah), Lewis O’Sullivan (Benalla), Bryden Power (Border Walwa)
Out: Liam Ryan (Colbinabbin), Matthew Ryan (Shepp Bears)