Magpies ready to fly

20/01/2019 Posted by admin

ALL SET FOR A BIG SEASON: Berry-Shoalhaven Heads’ Blake Dryden, Adam Vanzanten (coach) and Caleb Liddicoat will all play a big part in the Magpies success in 2017 . Photo: COURTNEY WARDTHE Berry-Shoalhaven Heads Magpies have already returned to the training paddock ahead of what is looming to be a big season on the field.
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Despite a disappointing year on the field in 2016, the Magpies have retained most of their core, while adding a couple of key exciting pieces.

“From the squad we had last year, we have only lost Jack O’Brien (England) and Trent Burns (retirement),” Magpies’ club president Jackson Bramley said.

“To combat their losses, we have added Albury duo Andrew Cowhan and Mitch McLeod, which is exciting.

“Coach Adam Vanzanten is excited to add these two, to what already was ayoung and exciting core from last season.”

The club’s three other sides –reserve grade, under 18s and women’s league tag -are all preparing well too according to Bramley.

“Lloyd Sharpe and Alex Stokes have taken over the reins of reserve grade and have big plans for the squad,” he said.

“Ted Bowley will again be in charge of the under 18s team, which looks to be very strong this season

“And the women’s league tag squad are looking to build on last year’s strong year. But at the moment, with club legend Wayne Strong stepping down, the team is still on the lookout for a coach this year.

“If anyone out there wants to coach the WLT team, please contact the club.”

With the start of the Group 7 less than three months away, the Magpies have already locked in two important trial matches.

“The annual Blaine Rosz memorial match against Mittagong is set for March 4 at the Berry Showground,” Bramley said.

“Following this match, we will hit the road to take on Adam’s old club Junee, from Group 9, on March 18.

“We went to Cootamundra last season and it proved to be a good bonding weekend for the club before the season starts, so we decided to do it again.

“The next weekend, on March 24, we have our season launch, which will kick-off what we hope is a very successful 2017 season on and off the field.”

If you are interested in joining the Magpies as a player, member or sponsor, please contact club president Jackson Bramley on 0421 193 028.

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