Bulldogs Working Hard, On and Off the Field

Reappointed Warners Bay AFC Black Diamond Cup coach Marty Reiman can see exciting times ahead for his footy club leading into season 2018.

Reiman stated that “I couldn’t be happier to be involved as Black Diamond Cup coach for a third year”.

Reiman was very pleased to advise of an experienced, senior player returning to the club. “Todd Krause is returning to playing after having a year off with work commitments. Krausey is a real hard nut and complements our other on-ballers in Jake Roach and veteran Ben Hunter.”

Pre-season training in November and December has seen excellent numbers turning up every week. Reiman advised that “we are getting 30 players on the track each week, which is huge for this time of year, showing the change of mindset in the playing group (that probably started mid-way through the 2017 season) when they realised that to do the hard work on the field, you have to do the hard work off the field as well. The players have put their best foot forward for a very good 2018”.

Reiman said that Kayne Gibbs, after a breakout year in 2017, knows that next season will be harder for him as opposition defences in the expanded 11-team Black Diamond Cup will have plans for him. “He knows that he has to work harder, he has the potential to be one of the real power forwards in the competition, there is no reason why, with hard work, that he can’t continue that rich vein of form that he produced in the second half of 2017”.

Tyro ruckman Tom McDonell will a key for Reiman and the Bulldogs in 2018. “Tom has finished with the Swans Academy and I expect to go ahead in leaps and bounds next year after a very good second half of the season in 2017. He will be very dangerous once he figures out how to use his own size and strength”.

Reiman is also expecting big things from Luke Roach and Matt Spinks next season, again on the back of an excellent pre-season and, like McDonell, a good finish to the second half of 2017, where the Bulldogs improved out of sight after a lacklustre commencement to the year. “Also, Ben Hunter has lost 15kgs since the end of August and he is primed for a big year, with a bigger tank”.

Reappointed Reserve Grade Coach Daniel Russell, in his 20th season of playing with the club, looked back with mixed feelings about the team’s Finals Series. “We won one final, and lost to Killarney Vale in the Qualifying Final and Cardiff in the Preliminary Final. I think I went on record in saying that I felt we were the better team on the day, except for our goalkicking”.

Russell pointed out the development of Zac Moore and Leo Vo. “I will be surprised to see Zac Moore ever play Reserve Grade footy again, especially after his superb finals performance on a First Grade forward against Cardiff. I play footy and cricket with Leo Vo, and Leo just has no weaknesses, and that’s for Reserve Grade player. He is strong, tackles well and disposes the ball beautifully on either side of his body”.

Russell stated the top four sides in Reserve Grade will feature in the 7-team Finals Series in the 13-team Reserve Grade competition. “Those sides have vastly experienced players and I am confident that they will be strong again next year”.

Russell said that the revamped surface at Feighan Oval is “No.1 Sportsground-like and will help the development of our young players”.

Tracey Baker has been reappointed as the Women’s Coach and that there have been a number of the girls attending pre-season training already which is a promising sign for the 2018 season. 

Off-field, Todd Sheldon has been reappointed as President and will lead a new and expanded committee. The committee wasted no time in getting down to busy signing a major sponsorship agreement with the Warners Bay Hotel.

The Warners Bay Hotel (formerly known as the Bayside Tavern) was the major sponsor and spiritual home of the Doggies from 1977 to 2001, during our most successful era in which the club won 6 First grade and multiple reserve grade and under 17/18s premierships.

The Club would like to thank and welcome Andrew Davis, the General Manager of the Warners Bay Hotel to our Football Club Community. They look forward to forming a successful partnership with the Warners Bay Hotel well into the future. This announcement is exciting news for the football club in conjunction with other club developments that are currently underway.

This will also mean the end of an era at the Blackbutt Hotel. The club would like to sincerely thank Troy, Terry and Fiona for their support as our major sponsor over the past 6 years. A lot of the players, officials and supporters have a lot of fond memories at the Blackbutt Hotel.


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