Published on March 12, 2019 12:00 pm

Peter McEvoy (photo by Eleanor Armstrong)

VFL SEASON PREVIEW: Coburg

Coburg senior coach Leigh Adams gives his thoughts on the club’s upcoming Hard Yakka / Totally Workwear VFL season.

2018 FINISH: 15th (1-16-1 record)

2018 BEST AND FAIREST: =1. Lochlan Dickson and Marcus Lentini / 3. Ryan Exon

2018 TEAM OF THE YEAR SELECTIONS: Marcus Lentini

CURRENT AFL DRAFTEES FROM CLUB:

  • Selected in 2014: Adam Saad* (Gold Coast/Essendon) 48/22 games
  • 2015: Michael Hartley (Essendon) 41
  • 2016: Robbie Fox* (Sydney) 13, Luke Ryan (Fremantle) 31

2019 SEASON START: vs Collingwood @ Piranha Park, Saturday April 6 (CLICK HERE for full fixture)

 

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KEY RECRUITS

Brodie Foster and Harry Simington (both 20yo in 2019, from Gold Coast NEAFL): “Brodie and Harry have been in the Gold Coast Suns Academy. Brodie played 18 NEAFL games last year and performed quite well, while Harry missed a fair bit of the season with a foot injury. Brodie is an inside midfielder who can play a bit off half back and Harry is a third tall forward. They just want a bit more exposure and to test themselves against quality opposition every week.”

Steve Stroobants (30yo in 2019, from North Melbourne VFL): “Steve will be a playing development coach for us. He’ll give us really good leadership as our oldest player by far – Peter McEvoy is 27 and he’s our next oldest. Steve will play predominantly up forward with some short bursts through the midfield. Even though he’s pretty small, he’s a good mark for his size and a smart player.”

Mitch Podhajski (20yo in 2019, from Calder Cannons): “We get Mitch full-time after he played seven games for us in 2018. His attitude has been impressive since missing out at the drafts for a second time last year. I think he’s already made himself a better player this year and we see him playing a lot as a tall inside midfielder. He’s been voted into our leadership group, which shows you how highly we regard him.”

Tom Meagher (22yo in 2019, from Upper Ferntree Gully): “We spotted Tom playing Division 2 footy in the Eastern FL last year and he’s a bull of an inside midfielder. He’s basically risen from nowhere; he’s mates with Josh Begley who was drafted to Essendon (in 2016) and Tom saw how Josh had a pretty quick rise from local footy to the AFL and decided he wanted to have a crack too. He’s been really professional this pre-season.”

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POTENTIAL BIG IMPROVERS

Adam Swierzbiolek (25yo in 2019, six VFL games): “Adam was probably our number-three ruck last year as a raw 200cm player, but with Tom Goodwin and Mark Kovacevic leaving, it gives him an opportunity to become our number-one ruck. His ability to get his body in good condition and his want to learn and get better has been first-class this pre-season.”

Sam Lowson (24yo in 2019, 23 VFL games): “Sam had a really good start to last season but then missed five games at a pretty poor time with an ankle injury. He’s had a good pre-season and I think he’ll be great for us inside 50 if he can have an uninterrupted year. Hopefully we’ll be able to play him through the midfield a bit more as well.”

 

ELIGIBLE 23rd PLAYERS TO WATCH

Braedyn Gillard (19yo in 2019, from Northern Knights): “Braedyn was the captain of the Knights last year and he’s been really impressive on the track. He didn’t play a lot of games in 2018 because of a broken elbow, but I’d expect him to play a few for us this year. He’ll play as an inside or outside midfielder.”

Ben Reddick (19yo in 2019, from Calder Cannons): “Ben has been really good this pre-season and I expect him to play some games at some stage. Even though he’s only a slight build and pretty small, his footy smarts are top-notch and he could play a bit as an inside midfielder as well as a small forward.”

Lucas Cavallaro (19yo in 2019, from Calder Cannons): “Lucas is a third tall defender who’s been really impressive with his kicking skills. He was signed up for us pretty early on because he worked his arse off to get himself nice and fit. He’s starting to understand what’s required to play in the VFL.”

 

LEADERSHIP MATERIAL

Co-captains:

  • Ryan Exon (25yo in 2019, 63 VFL games)
  • Peter McEvoy (28yo in 2019, 47 VFL games)

“Behind Jesse Corigliano, Ryan and Peter are the two longest-serving players at the club and they both lead through their actions with their ability to do the selfless team things. They’re desperate to see our club win more games of footy and become more of a force than we have been. Their passion to get the most out of their teammates has been first-class in the couple of years I’ve been here, and they’ve taken another step up since (2018 captain) Tom Goodwin left.”

Co-vice-captains:

  • Jesse Corigliano (23yo in 2019, 35 VFL games)
  • Luke Bunker (21yo in 2019, 21 VFL games)

Leadership group members:

  • Sam Lowson (see above)
  • Mitch Podhajski (see above)

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TEAM STRENGTHS

“I think contested footy will be our number-one focus, and fingers crossed we’ll play a really quick and exciting brand of footy. We’ve gone out and recruited some blokes who have real pace, so we’ll be looking to get the ball out of contests and give our forwards one-on-one opportunities to score. Hopefully that can also bring a few more people through the gates to watch a young and exciting team play.”

 

ASSISTANT COACHING PANEL

Back line coach: Ben Osborne (retained from 2018)

Midfield line coach: Chad Owens (from Palm Beach Currumbin)

Forward line coach: Brent Taylor (from Calder Cannons)

Development coach: Steve Stroobants (see above)

 

HEADLINE YOU WANT TO SEE

“Something about ‘Coburg to play finals footy’ coming out in around August would be nice!”

 

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