Stepping back up into Division One, Yarra Glen Football Netball Club are excited and feel positive of their capabilities ahead of season 2022.
The River Pigs have had good numbers attend for pre-season training overall, with 25-30 football players consistently fronting up for training each week.
Club president Vincent Erickson is pleased overall with Yarra Glen’s return to play strategy thus far, despite not achieving his aim of getting an under 18’s side going for this season.
“Coming off what we have been through over the last two years, a lot of people have found different interests but in saying this, we have fielded two teams in practice matches thus far,” he said.
“We tried hard to get an under 18’s side and couldn’t get it going, but it now provides the opportunity for a good group of 19-to-22-year old’s to take their chances in senior football.
“After the great influx of recruits from last year and having spent a whole year together, I think they will be a lot better for it.”
The River Pigs will have further excitement in season 2022, with the late addition of a women’s football team, where Glenn Murray will be the coach.
Many of the players have moved up from the under 17 girls of the junior club from 2021 and will look to continue their development.
The netball department was a concern early on with numbers but will now be ok to fill all senior teams.
Brent Holtham will return as A and B Grade Coach, while the club welcomes Robyn Fraser as coach of the C and D Grade teams.
Looking ahead into the season, Yarra Glen are hopeful of making finals in all teams across the club while assisting its sponsors to maintain a connection with the club, following the events of the last two years.
“On-field, I would like to think we can make finals in football and netball,” he explained.
“The season has crept up on us really fast but following what we have seen from our practice matches thus far, I am really excited to see how we go in Division One and believe we are up for the fight.
“Off-field, we are travelling well and are doing what we can to encourage our partners to stick around with the club.”
Erickson is appreciative to all within his club for the work undertaken thus far ahead of season 2022.
“I would like to thank all players, coaches, committee members and everyone across the club for their efforts so far,” he said.
“I am also really grateful for the continued support of our sponsors as we begin season 2022.”