Tigers endure summer training
Avondale Tigers’ attempt to go one step further than last year’s grand final loss has already begun.
Coach Brian Groves has been putting his team through a summer training schedule he hopes will have them ready to take the title next season.
“I think we’ll be able to start the season a lot better,” Groves said.
He said starting better than last year would not be a hard task; sustaining the form throughout the season would be the biggest challenge.
Last season began disastrously for the Tigers, who were in danger of folding before Groves took the coach position, just one week before the start of the season.
The team was lacklustre in the opening round until Groves’ approach started to click.
Part of that approach had Groves playing five-eighth, but the veteran playmaker said he would not play again next year.
Instead he plans to mould a new playmaker for the Tigers.
But the team will still revolve around young captain Andrew Filo.
And Groves said the majority of last year’s team would be back for the 2010 season.
“We’ve lost a couple of the older players, but we’re getting a lot of young guys who will join us,” Groves said.
Meanwhile, there is a new president and a new coach at Gin Gin Hawks, but the club’s ambition remains the same.
After breaking the club’s 29-year-old premiership drought last season, new president Doug Simonsen said the team was destined to repeat next season.
Simonsen, a life member who served as president in the past, said training for the team would start in February.
“We’ll have a sign-on day at the Gin Gin Showgrounds on February 6 and we’ll start training a couple of weeks after that,” he said.
The club is excited about the arrival of new coach Lennox Cassidy, a former premiership-winning captain for Western Suburbs in the Bundaberg Rugby League.
“He’s an experienced player and he’ll bring a lot to the team,” Simonsen said.
“Our plans will be the same as they’ve always been, to bring home the Northern Districts Grand Final.”