After such an amazing end to 2012 for The Basin culminating with 2 senior premierships along with another flag in the under 17’s, pre-season training before Christmas was always going to have a light approach.
With almost all senior players accounted for and training in at least 1 of the 4 sessions before Christmas, it was great to see the players still come back with the ambition of improving and making a real impact in 3rd Divvy in 2013.
After a well-earned break for the players, coaches and support staff we re-commenced training in late January with numbers improving each session and reaching a peak of over 60 players on the track during early Feb !!
A few stand out performers to date have been Makes, Millsy, Pitters, Belly & Pratty all of whom have returned bigger, stronger and fitter in 2013 – and no doubt all of them are looking to play regular senior football this season.
The Bearcave is a club where players will be developed and time invested to make them better players and hopefully better men. With that in mind we are rapt to welcome on board some new recruits and great young men whom the coaches have no doubt meet this criteria perfectly.
The “Alex Boys” come to us from Alexandra in the Yarra Valley, Scott Heveren is a 6’3” mobile key forward, and his mates Ben “Dizzy” Cooper, Nath Dundas & Lyndon “Minnow” Purcell will all no doubt make significant contributions to The Basin in 2013 and hopefully beyond.
Also joining us this year are Jake Consenza from Mooroolbark & Jacko Kean from Bayswater – especially look out for the livewire Jacko to turn it on at Batterham Reserve with his pace and evasive skills !
We also welcome a committed and determined Shane Hamilton (Hammo) back to the club in 2013 after a break away from senior football last year.
Josh Adams has also been spotted at training at regular times after Christmas – no doubt every finger at the club will be crossed to hopefully see “Patch” have a good run with injuries and back on the field (Wearing the No 1) in 2013!!!
Rumours of a training appearance by Big Boofa proved true during the week, looking bigger and leaner than when he last played a few years back, we hope to see the big fella get a good run with injuries, kicking lots of goals and tormenting the backmen of divvy 3.
Finally we are disappointed to officially announce the retirement of our premiership captain Brabes. None of the coaches and I am sure many of the players would be here if it wasn’t for Brabes amazing effort over the last few years. As a premiership captain we are sure Brabes will be round the traps and enjoying a well earned beer and cheering on the boys in 2013.
Ground availability for practice matches continue to be an issue for everyone in the league including us, but rest assured the boys will be ready and firing when Round 1 vs Whitehorse Pioneers rolls around in a few weeks.