Prepared. Following the inaugural season of the Tasmanian Women’s League North West competition and a North West Football League finals appearance, Smithton Football Club remain competitive.
Under the leadership of Matt Elliott and Tim Grey, the Circular Head Giants senior men and women look to take the game to the next level this season.
After leading Forest Stanley Football Club to premiership glory in the Circular Head Football Association in 2015, Elliott then assisted former coach Aaron Tuxworth for two years before taking on the top job late last year.
“Obviously the main success will be to win the premiership and this year we are a really good chance with what we have picked up,” says Elliot.
“So we’ll aim for that and look to go deep into the finals.”
The senior side boasts the returning talent of former Tasmanian State League players Tyrone ‘Johnny’ Morrison, Ryland Coombe, Damon Smith and Thomas Charles alongside former players Mark ‘Curly’ Kearnes and Tyson Armstrong plus recruits Mason Chatwin, Toby Reeve, Lachlan Blakemore and Joseph Doust.
“We have a good mixture. We have some height which is what we needed and a bit more midfield depth, and the youth in the side will be a massive [advantage],” says Elliott.
Following a season premier on foreign soil against the Wynyard Cats, the Giants will storm home for four consecutive home games.
“Hopefully we can hit those wins early then we can start to rest those older bodies,” says Elliot.
“It is hard only having two games off through an 18 game season, so if we can get those early wins then we can look for that rest.”
After making Scotchtown Football Club history in the CHFA with a 300 game milestone last year, Grey is now onto his next challenge.
Coaching the senior women’s side throughout the inaugural season, he says the squad continues to improve.
“A lot of them were new to the game, except for maybe three or four, so it was a different program,” he says.
“But they were all really competitive throughout the year. They really stepped up and with the injuries we had as well, they never gave up and fought hard throughout the year. They really kicked into gear.”
With the addition of two-time TSL premiership player and reigning Burnie Dockers Football Club Best and Fairest Jess Brown, the side will benefit from Brown’s knowledge of the game.
“I think we have a lot more versatility within our side this year,” says Grey.
“The skills have really improved from last year, basically I just want to improve on last year. Get a few more wins on the board, the more wins we get the more morale we get.
“We’ve had a really big preseason starting mid-November so we’ve done a lot of gym work, a lot of running work, and a lot of ball skills so if I can get another 10 to 20 per cent more out of our girls going forward, I reckon it will be a pretty even competition this year.”
The Circular Head Giants will enter round one of the North West Football League next Saturday (April 7) in Wynyard from 6pm.