With the completion of its brand-new pavilion imminent, Gembrook Cockatoo Football Netball Club have a lot to look forward to in season 2022 as they shape up to be a genuine contender once again in Division One.
Although pre-season training started off slow across football and netball, the numbers have picked up in recent times, with players enthusiastic to get underway.
Brad Coller and Shanae Ingram will return as head coaches across football and netball and will be ably supported by Vinnie Del Nigro and Mickey Uren in the reserves and C & D grades sides.
Club president Ross Hubbard said his club are investing heavily in its youth across both sports and look forward to seeing the continual development of his teams in 2022.
“We see a lot of our future within the kids across the club,” he said.
“We believe they will grow from where they left off last season.”
The Brookers will again field a veteran’s team while also having the additions of junior netball teams in each of 13, 15 and 17 & under.
Following a long build process, the Brookers are excited at the prospect of moving into its brand-new facility where it is hoped they can host several functions as well as make great use of them on game day.
Expectations for the club revolve around on-field competitiveness and ensuring all players are enjoying community sport.
“Last year, we were in a unique set of circumstances across football and netball where all teams were going to play finals, I would like to see the same thing happen again this year,” Hubbard explained.
“We have a good combination of experience and youth and it’s exciting when I think about what they can be capable of this season.”