Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Can the Roos Bounce Back? Season 2016 Looms Large for Locals

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Can the Roos Bounce Back? Season 2016 Looms Large for Locals

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AUSTRALIAN RULES: Season 2016 looms as another massive one for the three Coast clubs seeking glory in the QFA North Seniors competition.

The competition has tightened even further, with Nambour and Hinterland dropping out of the competition this season, reducing the number of teams to six.

It means all six clubs will be desperate to keep the ladder as congested as possible to ensure come late-season the finals series remains up for grabs.

This season, the three Coast teams are Caloundra, Noosa and Maroochydore.

They will square off against Aspley, Mayne and Moreton Bay.

We caught up with the three Coast head coaches to get their take on the season ahead for our local footballers.

NOOSA:

Coach: Sam Faure

Captain: Co-captains Nick Hill and Tom McKittrick

Key players: Nick Hill, Liam Hoy, Jarrod Westell

Ins: Ben Fuller, Cain Tickner, Jack Tickner, Jarrod Westell, Liam Hoy

Outs: Lost one or two players

Last season: Finished third, preliminary finalists

Coach's comment: Pre-season's been really good, we've played three trial games now but you don't get a really good indication until you play for four points.

We've got last year's premiers first up and there's a lot of pressure, but there's pressure on every team.

We need to worry about ourselves first and we're just going to play football, play what's in front of us.

CALOUNDRA:

Coach: Russell Evans

Captain: Co-captains Quinten Ross and Travis Gardiner

Key players: Tom Rudolph - midfielder from Toowoomba, Chris Taylor, Travis Gardiner, Leigh Baker, James Barnes

Ins: Tom Rudolph, Chris Taylor, Jesse Ferguson, Brayden Hughes

Outs: Jimmy Cupper

Last season: Finished fourth, semi-finalists

Coach's comment: We've had a strong pre-season.

We've been working on a lot of the things we knew we needed to work on with our structures. …

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