Bathurst Giants 2021 Season Preview
Home Ground: George Park 1
Training details: Mondays & Wednesdays – Juniors from 4:30pm, Seniors from 6pm
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2020 was another fantastic season for the Giants winning the Youth Girls and Under-17s premierships in the junior grades, whilst in the seniors, taking home the Women’s premiership and seeing their Men’s Tier 1 side make an inaugural grand final. Although their 12s and 14s didn’t make finals, their players did win the League Best & Fairest for both grades.
* Under-12s, Under-14s, Under-17s, Youth Girls, Men’s Tier 1, Men’s Tier 2, Women’s
Excitingly for the Bathurst Giants, the club have nominated a Men’s Tier 2 side, the first time in club history they’ve been able to do so. The strength of the junior pathway is evidenced from the large number of members in both the WRAS Youth Girls and GWS Development Squads, which should lead to another successful year on the paddock for the Giants. The Giants will also be launching their Kickability program in 2021, to strengthen their support of the local community and provide an opportunity to play sport for those who without this program would otherwise miss out.
* Under-12s – Scott Traves & Simon Kay
* Under-14s – Martin Ryan
* Under-17s – Brad Broes & Peter Hunt
* Youth Girls – Katie Kennedy, Jayarna Kay, Elise Gullifer
* Men’s Tier 2 – Andrew Collins
* Men’s Tier 1 – Mark Kennedy, Shane Broes, John Fearnley
* Women’s – Liz Kennedy, Michael Sloan
The Men’s Tier 1 side is coming off its first grand-final appearance last season, and Bathurst Giants President Darryl Macauley is confident that the team can improve on last year and with a healthy squad, will be hugely competitive this year. ” We don’t want to be overconfident, but I think putting our best team on the paddock, we will be competitive,” Macauley said.
Macauley also stated that the Bathurst Giants Women’s side are confident that the team can win another premiership this year, after winning the last two seasons. The team is training especially hard and are looking for the three-peat according to Macauley. “We are certainly feeling confident in our ability, and there would be nothing better than a three-peat for the women because they train their hardest every week, and put a lot of effort in.”
Macauley also commented on the teams junior participation numbers, adding that “they are really good, we field all sides and we got good numbers in Auskick.”
The team is looking to debut a program this year called Kickability, an all abilities AFL program for kids. According to Macauley, “the program will give all kids the chance not to miss out on playing AFL football.”
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