Goulburn’s AFL team, The Swans who play in the Canberra competition, have been training for several weeks now, in anticipation of the 2018 season.
The squad is training on Prell Oval during daylight saving while work on the refurbishment of the change-rooms and amenities block is being undertaken.
The Swans have appointed a new coach after the departure of Heath Russell. Matt Lee whose job in business banking with the ANZ Bank brought him to Goulburn has put his hand up for the top coaching job.
Them 25-year-old halfback was introduced to AFL through Auskick and had played with various clubs including the Hobart Football Club, Kingsborough, Channel Saints, Old Scotland FC and the Horsham Demons.
“I have been lucky enough to play under some very experienced coaches and have been part of club leadership groups,” Lee said.
“I am bringing the experience of what I have learned from the various club and coaches about styles of play and training programs to the Swans,”
“We are definitely looking for new players or for some former players to come back to the club.
“There are bound to be people who have moved to Goulburn, like me with their job or who have played for other teams in the past and who are living in Goulburn or the surrounding area and are interested in having a run with the Swans.
“We are also interested in hearing from players of other sports who would like to give Aussie Rules a try.”
The Goulburn Swans start training a bit before 6pm on Wednesday evenings and when daylight saving starts we will move to Goodhew Park and train under lights.
The Swans are playing in the division four ACT competition this season and are hoping to have at least a 30 player squad for the start of the season.
“We will be practising match drills during training so it is important that as many players as possible show up for training each week. We will be doing plenty of match play to increase everyone’s skills and build a cohesive team this year.”
Anyone interested in finding out more about the the Goulburn Swans should contact president Dane Stevenson 0431 198 961.