A Pre-Season Cup win has left the Belconnen Magpies with a taste of success, and the fans at The Nest with a burning desire for more silverware.
Coach Jeremy Rowe is happy with the start to the 2015 season, saying it is good to get in to a winning habit.
“Everyone know that trials are only trials and you’re playing for a whole range of reasons. I suppose you’re wanting to implement structures that you’ve put in to place over the pre-season, but it is nice to win,”
“Without doubt, it’ll be a massive step-up this week [against Tuggeranong], it always is. We’d like to think that we’re ready for it.”
In what looms as a promising season for the black, white and teal, Rowe has once again bestowed the captaincy on Lexie Bennett.
Upon announcing Bennett will again have the ‘C’ next to his name, Rowe cited the former Belconnen Best and Fairest as an obvious choice.
“He’s a terrific captain and one that the boys are certainly very lucky to have lead them out each week. He’s a board member, he does everything from supporting the social side of things, training his backside off, and performing on a weekly basis.”
“So as far as captains go, Lexi’s doing a pretty good job.”
You can see why Bennett is the obvious choice. There is a Bennett legacy woven in to the Belconnen jumper.
Lexie and his brother James grew up watching their father David run around for the Magpies.
So it comes as no surprise that when asked about the key players that will lead his side around the park this year, the first two names that rolled off the tongue were those of Lexie and James Bennett.
“James and Lexie Bennett, Chris York, and Ryan Turnbull are just really high quality players that would no doubt fit in to any NEAFL side comfortably.
We’ve got guys who have been quality contributors at the NEAFL level which we’re looking to grow from good players to elite players [in] Isaac Taylor, Dominic Bunyon, Jack Baker and Daniel Jordan.”
Asked if there was any chance we would see the coach lace up the boots this season, Rowe said an injury has set him back a few weeks.
“The boots have been purchased,” he laughed. “But I need a little bit of luck.”
Rowe is not the only injury concern that the Magpies have heading in to the season opener, but that hasn’t dampened their determination.
“We’re really focussed on making a statement early in the season.”
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