This year, Senior Coach Chris Yard is asking his players to take it to the next level.
Pre-season at Mike Kenny Oval has seen the club focus on the skills that let them down against Manly-Warringah last September. While impressed with his teams’ performance in the past few years, Yard is looking to push the solid foundation that they have already built.
“So far, pre-season has been great. Being so close last year, the boys came back hungry and determined to take that next step. The group as a whole is training really well.”
Adam Nixon and Tom Edmonds are said to be standing out amongst the group in pre-season training. Nixon is currently dominating the gruelling rounds of pre-season testing, exhibiting a superior running ability and Edmonds’ efforts during the off-season are proving to be worth it, catching the coach’s eye before Round One.
With Pennant Hills making the Premier Division, Under 18s and Division Four grand final matches last year, it is clear that the club has a wealth of talent to choose from when promoting from within.
As a few former team members rejoin the Premier Division squad in 2014, they also welcome some young guns already well versed in the Demons club song. Their hard working youngsters are certainly making up for any player losses that they have had since the 2013.
“As always at Pennant Hills, one of our goals is to focus on bringing our good young quality players up into the Premier Division side.”
“From the grand final side, we have lost a couple of our more experienced guys. Obviously big losses, but the young guys are training hard and ready to step up and fill those positions.”
While many teams have named Pennant Hills as the side to beat in 2014, they name the squad that beat them in last year’s grand final, Manly-Warringah. Observing the fact that several of the other clubs have recruited well, Yard predicts that the year ahead will be extremely competitive, no matter the opposition.