Bobcats face new era
TODAY marks the start of the 2010 North Coast Football premiership season with the Maclean Bobcats looking to emulate their feats of last year by defending their hard-earned title.
It will be a new dawn for the Bobcats after five key players decided to hang up their boots after the success of 2009.
One of those players, club stalwart Grant Neilson, has moved into the position of first team coach and said he was confident of a good showing this season given the promise shown by his new signings during the pre-season.
“We’ve lost some experience, but we’ve picked up some quality replacements as well,” he said.
“New strikers Jarrad Doyle, Broden Hirst and Jesse Browning will give us some extra options in front of goal and utility Luke Pappalinas will prove very handy all over the park.”
The Bobcats will also undergo some positional changes following last season’s retirements with Brad Corbett and Dan Usher moving back to sure up the defensive line.
This defence will be well tested in round 1 today with the Bobcats embarking on one of the most difficult road trips of the year against the enigmatic Coffs Coast Tigers.
Unplayable one week, fairly average the next, the Bobcats will have to be on their game if they want to make the trip home with three competition points.
After coming through the pre-season almost injury-free, a knee injury now sees playmaker Aaron Bylos joining Browning and Lance Knibbs as players in doubt for the first round clash.
While Neilson will give all players until kickoff to prove their fitness this promises to be a very hard assignment first up for a team still gelling.
The Youth Grade match starts at 3pm and the First Grade at 5pm. Both matches are at Polwarth Drive, Coffs Harbour.
“We’ve lost some experience, but we’ve picked up some quality replacements as well.”