CEFC begins 2017 pre-season training

New start: Collie Eagles Football Club League, Reserves and Colts players kicked off the 2017 season with their first training session last week. Photo: Thomas Munday.
New start: Collie Eagles Football Club League, Reserves and Colts players kicked off the 2017 season with their first training session last week. Photo: Thomas Munday.

The Collie Eagles Football Club has kicked off its 2017 South West Football League campaign.

The CEFC League, Reserves and Colts players completed their first training session for the year on Wednesday, February 1.

Fifty-three players took part in several drills last week including kicking and hand-balling skills practice, 3-kilometre runs and sprints. 

CEFC League coach Clint Swallow said the teams are looking to improve and win throughout the new season. 

“You’re always in contact with certain players that you’re trying to recruit but I have had a good break, I’ve enjoyed myself but I am certainly ready to go again now, we’ve got a good selection of coaches again at the club this year and we’re looking forward to the new season coming around to us,” Mr Swallow said. 

“We’ll be aiming to play finals footy and it would be great if we could get all three sides at the club into the final, last year we didn’t end up with all three sides so that’s probably our biggest aim at the moment – develop our kids and get all our three sides into the finals.” 

The club’s coaching line-up also includes Paul Moyses as Reserves coach, Matt Hislop as Colts coach, Jeff Davidson and Seth White as League assistant coaches, Chris Michalak as Colts assistant coach and Brad Strike as Reserves assistant coach. 

Mr Moyses said the club was aiming to assist the players through pre-season training and the season. 

“Pre-season you’ve got to get fit, that’s first and foremost, and once you are fit you can play reasonable footy, if you’re not fit you are going to battle,” he said.

“I’m all for the guys enjoying their footy, and you only enjoy your footy when you’re winning.”

The CEFC League, Reserves and Colts teams placed third, tenth and sixth on the 2016 SWFL ladders respectively, with the League side reaching the SWFL Grand Final.  

The South West Football League confirmed the 2017 fixtures last week. 

Round One of the South West Football League will begin on Saturday, April 15 with Collie facing off against Harvey at home.