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Plains Producer, Thursday April 4, 2013
APFL Premierships: 8
(1938, 1939, 1952, 1956,
1960, 1988, 1989, 2004)
Last five years:
A grade B&F:
Leading goal kicker:
Shane Hanson (46 goals)
President: Newton Lines
A grade: Ash Barnett
B grade: Bill Fuller
Senior colts: Liam Pratt
Junior colts: Luke McCabe
Under 11s: Jason Couley
Under 8s: n/a
Ins and outs
In: Matthew Armstrong
(Eastern Park), Shane
Butler (SAAFL), James
Garde (NAFA), Malcolm
Monash), Toby Hasledine
(Moonta), Will Hodgetts
(United), Ashley Parsons
(South Gawler), Luke
Smith (SAAFL), Justin
James Frencken (Qld),
Win Thach (Para Hills).
Out: Will Ahrens, Andrew
Barbuto, Craig Bond,
Jason Brooks, Josh Hut-
ton, Lachlan Ireland,
Jeremy Paues, John
Smith, Josh Hutton.
Out: Lachlan Ireland
2013 Season Preview
AFTER years of wallowing in the
dank depths at the foot of the Adelaide
Plains Football League table, is there
light at the end of the tunnel for Ham-
The Bombers have already man-
aged several small wins off the field
before the 2013 season has begun.
The first win comes from breaking a
seven-year horror hoodoo of ‘winning’
the wooden spoon last year.
“Last year was more of a molding
year to try and get some players back
to the club, like Ryan Appleton, Angus
Martin and others,” Agrade coach,Ash
“Then we tried to recruit some
players to go around them and give
the club more of a sound base, so the
people playing here are training here
too, that sort of thing.
“On paper, we finished fifth and
missed the wooden spoon, that’s great
from the outside looking in.
“I was probably a little bit disap-
pointed in our efforts, as I thought there
were at least three other games we
should have won, which would have
given us close to seven wins and you’re
suddenly up around the mark there.”
The second and probably biggest
win was retaining the recruits from
the 2012 season, after an en masse
walkout at the end of 2011.
“I think with the way footy is these
days, it’s imperative to retain your
recruits,” Barnett said.
“We’ve got a couple of guys here
we’re trying to build around too.
“The likes of Shane Hanson, Craig
Taylor, Nathan Flynn, Valor Thach and
with Kirk Heberle being an assistant
coach, he’s here for the long haul.
“That’s been the plan from day
one, was recruit the right guys and
“That vision hasn’t changed.”
The depth was again tested in 2012,
so the push to have more locals come
back to the club, while adding more
recruits to the club, continued in the
Matthew Armstrong comes into the
squad from Eastern Park, while Justin
Zanandrea (Kapunda), Toby Hasledine
(Moonta) and Malcolm Greenwood
(Barmera-Monash), round out an
impressive list of ins.
“We’ve tried to get a bit of experi-
ence and a bit of youth,” Barnett said.
“Hopefully we’ll get a few more
local lads back too, so fingers crossed
at this stage.
“You’re not going to get many
more experienced footballers running
around the country than Malcolm
“He’ll be in the middle of the
ground most of the
time and he can be
ous up forward.
Zanandrea has been
living locally for the last
seven or eight years and he’s a good
21 or 22-year-old kid to have on board.
“He’ll be exciting to watch.”
Preseason has been a mix of impres-
sive efforts but reduced attendance.
“We haven’t had the numbers this
year, which has been a bit disappoint-
ing,” Barnett said.
“The kids have stepped up a bit,
which has been good.
“Sam Collings and Liam Henneker
have both had good preseasons.
“Rhys Darwin has also been to
most of them.
“It’s good to have someone with
Greenwood’s professionalism too, he’s
led from the front a bit, and Taylor,
they’re setting the standard.”
Barnett believes the improved team
structure will be a good starting point
“This year, we’ve got more of an
idea of what we’ve got and we’re al-
ways hopeful Justin Schahinger will
come back,” he said.
“He trains here half the time and if
he doesn’t get a decent go this year,
with a bit of luck, we could see him
Barnett acknowledged the required
lift needed to mount a serious premier-
ship threat but refused to dismiss the
possibility of the Bombers soaring into
“We are coming from a fair way
back from last year’s top four,” he said.
“Time will tell, it does depend on
depth and injuries to some extent as
“There shouldn’t be two or three
games in a row where we’re competi-
tive, followed by a big blowout.
“We have a team now that should
be competitive each week and we’ll
hopefully win a few more too.”
“That’s been the plan
from day one, was
recruit the right guys
and retain them.”
- Ash Barnett
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