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Big numbers for Bloods

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December 06, 2017

Tocumwal Football Club has welcomed strong numbers at their pre-season training.

The club had 37 players show up to the first session at Tocumwal Recreation Reserve on Monday last week.

Club president Mal Hart said he was rapt with the early commitment shown from the senior players as they prepare for the 2018 Picola League season.

‘‘Over the three training sessions we’ve held there’s been a combination of 44 different blokes out on the park,’’ he said.

‘‘Brothers Ollie and Sam Rennie have been every training night and both are looking like they’ll have big seasons already.

‘‘The most pleasing part is the number of seconds players that have been turning up.

‘‘The quality of our seconds will rise, which can only benefit the club.

‘‘It’s nice to see a bit of excitement and to see that these blokes are quite driven.’’

The Bloods finished the 2017 season on a sour note in the seniors, kocked out of the finals race in the first week of the post-season by Berrigan.

Tocumwal have lost key players with playing coach Sean Logie moving to Canada and Dane Maxwell making his way to rival club Blighty.

Despite this Hart was positive about the club’s prospects, saying it isn’t about the win-loss record in 2018.

‘‘When we signed Tim (Garlick) as senior coach we wanted him to know that our main goal is to build our juniors up,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re trying to build a place for juniors to reach their full potential on the football field.

‘‘We’ve already had a few of the thirds boys at training, so Tim’s been able to work with a few of them already.

‘‘Zander Griffin is fresh out of fourths in the thirds and he’s got plenty of potential.

‘‘Mitch Reilly is another thirds talent that will be huge for the future of the club. He came from Darwin mid-season this year and has already played a couple of senior games. He’s bulked up a bit and I’d expect to see him play a few senior games again next year.’’

Tocumwal will continue to train every Monday and Wednesday before breaking up for Christmas on December 20.

All players interested are asked to join in, with training starting at 6pm at Tocumwal Recreation Reserve.

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