LORNE and Apollo Bay football clubs are looking forward to unveiling their new recruits in Saturday’s season-opening Easter football match.
Lorne coach Brock Shiels is among a host of new and returned Dolphins like Tom Callahan, Lewis Hollmer, John Leontiades and Che Turner who will hit the field at Lorne’s Stribling Reserve, while Hawks coach Tyson Holt said recruits Dean Scheetz, Alex and Adrian Hann had been impressive.
“We’re just keen to get the season underway and unveil our new recruits, we want to keep that improvement going from last year,” Holt said.
“Most of our recruits have been impressive – Dean Scheetz has been a level above so we’re lucky to have him, and the two Hann boys from Torquay are looking good,” he said.
Shiels added that Lorne was “looking forward to it, it’s the first game of the year and it’s really important to get off to a good start”.
“We’ve added five or six extra to pick a senior team and changed the forward line after losing Dan Hermans and Ryan Evans,” Shiels said.
Lorne will be without Rod Matthews and Jarrod Middleton for the clash while injured players James Boone and Kyall Hollmer were not fit to return.
Holt, who will miss the clash with a knee injury, said the Hawks would also lose players due to the game being on the Easter weekend.
“It’s a tough time for us because the coastal locations are always busy – a lot of our players work in hospitality or trades, so the guys that work in trades want to get away from the long weekend and the guys in hospitality have to work,” he said.
“But there’s going to be a lot of people around, and the league is trying new things which is good.”
“Hopefully we can have a good crowd of locals as well as tourists and get some more exposure for the competition,” Shiels added.