THE Muswellbrook RSL Eagles Football Club (FC) wants to kick one major goal in 2017 – and that is to win the first grade premiership.
After being eliminated from the play-offs last season, in a keenly-contested battle, president Andrew Spradbrow admitted the players were keen to bounce back.
“We want to build on that semi-final performance,” he said.
“And, I think we can do it.
“The club struggled for numbers towards the end of the year – we also lost players to the all-age side, which didn’t help.
“But, we’ll have the same nucleus on deck, so that’s a positive.
“Unfortunately, we’ll be without Brad Kane, who’s announced his retirement.
“It will be hard to replace him.
“Hopefully, we’ll pick up a few more players.”
The Zone Football League kicks off on April 1, with the Eagles primed to contest the first and reserve grade, as well as women’s, competitions.
“The whole club has been training as one squad since January,” Spradbrow said.
“We’ve drawn Swansea in the first round of the FFA Cup – and we’ll play that fixture at home on March 18.
“That will be good for us.
“Plus, we have two trials beforehand, against Bolwarra and Morisset.
“In the men’s division, Nelson Bay, Argenton and Kahibah are joining the ranks in 2017.
“So, there’ll be a few new challenges there.
“Although our numbers are relatively strong, we’d like to attract more girls to the organisation.
“We’re definitely aiming for the grand final – and I believe we have the players to achieve that.”
Spradbrow said registrations were now open, from juniors to the seniors.
“At the moment, we’re not too sure about [junior] numbers,” he explained.
“However, we’re received a lot of inquiries.
“And, we’re still looking for coaches in that competition.”
Locals 5-7 age - $92
Locals 8-11 age - $109
Junior travelling 8-11 age - $109
Youth travelling 12-18 - $174
Senior men and women 19+ - $350
Register online at www.myfootballclub.com.au