Season Preview: Redland
The Bombers are looking to go one step further in 2013. Take a look at how they're shaping up.
Redland coach Greg Seton-Lonsdale believes the Bombers can make an impact in the NEAFL this season, despite the recent departure of reigning best and fairest winner, Scott Clouston.
Seton-Lonsdale said while the 2012 Syd Guildford Trophy winner would not be easily replaceable, his move to Victoria would give some younger Bombers a chance to fill the void.
“He is the best player in the league and the cornerstone of our footy club,” he said.
“We just have to tweak a few things so we can try to plug the gap he leaves.”
After finishing fourth last year, 10 points behind third-placed Southport, Seton-Lonsdale said the Bombers were focusing on more effectively limiting opposition scores.
“We have to stem the tide of points scored against,” he said.
“We were one of the most heavily scored against teams in the competition last year.”
Redland picked up a late recruit in Steve Gaertner, who will go some way to plugging the hole left by Clouston.
The recruit of key position player, Piva Wright, is also a major boon for the Bombers and should help to solidify their defensive half.
Wright, at 191cm and 97kg, will add some much needed bulk to their defensive line, along with former Mt Gravatt defender Nathan Reid.
Another player that could potentially add to the Bombers’ line up this year is Sam Pullman, younger brother of Bomber Josh, from Swan Districts in West Australia.
Among those players already in the Bombers’ sheds, Seton-Lonsdale said supporters could expect a bigger year from the elder Pullman, who battled with injury in 2012.
2012 Grogan Medallist, Tom Salter, has continued his pre-season in the same vein as he ended last year, impressing Seton-Lonsdale in pre-season.
Youngster Zane Pringle has also shown some good signs in pre-season and is shaping up to be a big contributor for the Bombers this year.
As well as targeting defence, Seton-Lonsdale said the club was working on being more prepared for real match situations.
“We were caught out a bit last year,” he said.
“We only beat the top sides one out of six times. So, we’re working on being a little bit more prepared for scenarios that come up in a game.”
As for whether they can emulate, or improve, upon 2012, Seton-Lonsdale is pretty optimistic.
“I’d like to think we’d be in the mix, somewhere in the five,” he said.
“You don’t know what other teams have done during the off-season.”
Redland’s season kicks off on Sunday, March 24 against Mt Gravatt at Dittmer Park.
Cameron Adam (Whitsunday FC)
Cameron Duffy (Manunda Hawks)
James Farley-Smith (Manunda Hawks)
Steven Gaertner (Dromana)
Mitch Harley (Mt Gravatt)
Ben Landry (Mt Eliza)
Tom Michael (Manunda Hawks)
Sam Pullman (Swan Districts)
Nathan Reid (Mt Gravatt)
Jak Williams (North Cairns)
Piva Wright (Richmond)
Adam Oxley (Collingwood)
Scott Clouston (Werribee)
James Webster (Terrigal)
Colin Crowther (East Doncaster)
Jay Lewis (Terrigal)
Jack McDonald (East Doncaster)
James Charlesworth (Hobart)