THE Sandford Football-Netball Club took to the field last Thursday night in preparation for the South West District Football League 2013 season.
The Sandford committee has been working hard during the off-season to re-invent the club for what will be a very tough season ahead. Coach Shane Giddings has worked closely with players and committee to bring several new faces to the Sandford Recreation Reserve this season.
Matt Kramins, Ben Walker, Karl Schaefer and Braedy Morcom have all signed for Sandford and will part of the South Australian contingent that Giddings takes to the club each week. Daniel Richardson will return to the club this season after playing at West Gambier and will bring experience and agility.
“With contracts pending on a couple more players, we will be very competitive this season,” Giddings said.
Heywood was new to the league last season they lifted its style and standard of play and took out the premiership.
“They have certainly set the tone for the new year. With the changes in Western Border football, there are bound to be players who stay at Heathmere, Tyrendarra and Westerns rather than go to the Hampden Football League withPortland. “We know that these clubs will all be lifting their game. Branxholme Wallacedale, Coleraine and Cavendish will be trying to take advantage of the changes atHamilton.
“Sandford has to look outside the local area to source players if they are going to be competitive in 2013,” Giddings said.
The Sandford Football-Netball Club committee has met with the Sandford reserve board of management and set out a plan of repairs and maintenance for the clubrooms for 2013.
Club president Eddie McGrath said he was pleased to see funds being put into this vital community reserve.
“These facilities are here for everyone to use, for now and in the future and we must keep improving things and encouraging the Sandford community to be part of our club,” McGrath said.
The Sandford netballers also hit the courts on Tuesday night. The club was a hive of activity with several locals dropping by and a barbecue tea enjoyed by all.