It is always a busy time of year getting teams ready for a football and netball season and the Mulwala Football Netball Club is gearing up for a big 2017.
The coaches, support staff and the committees have been working tirelessly to get everything in order for the players to meet the challenges of the fast approaching season.
Mulwala has a host of new coaches in the football and netball departments who have embraced the challenge of setting up new playing groups with a key focus on developing our young local talent.
There has been a considerable change over in the senior playing group who finished on top in 2015 but missed finals in 2016.
This has created a sense of expectation with opportunities opening up for the young players transitioning from the junior ranks into senior football.
The addition of young players like Conner Sanderson, Angus Shand, Tom Dow, Lachie Rouel, Harry Crossley and Bailey Scott makes for an exciting future for the young Lions.
These boys will be supported by experienced locals Dylan and Sean Robinson, Jackson Gash, Josh Hammond, Dale Powell, Nathan McNair, Jackson Weir, Cam Carling, James Wilson, Beau Clarke and Dylan McNamara.
There are also a number of recruits that will add to the strength of the senior playing group who include the Tregenza boys, Jake Nicholson, Hammer, Ross Ansaldi and the excitement machine Ash Frout who will light up the forward line in a similar fashion to Will Farrier in Season 2014.
The 2017 season is fast approaching and the Mulwala teams are in the final stages of the preseason, getting ready for practice games against a number of opponents.
The senior playing groups will test their skills on Friday evening at the Grove, against the improving O&M Wodonga Bulldogs.
This will be followed by a game against Koo Wee Rup the following Saturday at Lonsdale Reserve.
Gary Ednie’s Thirds take on Wahgunyah on Saturday morning over at Wahgunyah followed by a game against Numurkah the following week.
The fourths boys are being coached by local football legend Denis ‘Pickles’ Phibbs, a skilful player who racked up more than 400 senior games for Mulwala and Yarrawonga.
Pickles credentials as a coach are second to none in the district and he’s keen to develop the next generation of local footballers.
The Fourths group has a good core of players but need more to help build their team.
If you are looking to have fun, develop new skills and get a full game of football each week then come and join the Mulwala Fourths team.
Mulwala will be looking to begin its 30th season in the Murray League with a strong showing against arch rivals Barooga on their home ground April 8 and follow up with a block buster game against Congupna on Good Friday.
The 2017 season will be one of recognition and celebration of the 30th year of Mulwala Football Netball Club in the Murray League.
The Murray League has seen many changes in the past 30 years with new clubs like Barooga, Echuca United, Moama, Tongala, Rumbalara and Congupna joining, and Strathmerton, Jerilderie, Berrigan and Tocumwal exciting to other competitions.
Mulwala has prevailed through all these changes and has given hundreds of local footballers and netballs the chance to challenge themselves and develop their skills in an enjoyable family environment.
If you are one of those past players make a commitment to get behind the Lions in 2017 and give a bit back to the club that gave you those opportunities and a great deal of enjoyment along the way.
Drop in on a training night and enjoy the company of other past legends like yourself and make a commitment to get to the home games to support the current crop of players.
Memberships can be purchased at the club rooms from Thursday, March 16 which is also player sign up day for netball and football players.
Get behind the Lions by buying a membership and coming down to Lonsdale Reserve to support the young women and men who represent this town each weekend.