Saints looking to climb back up the ladder

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

A FRESH and exciting era looks set to be ushered in at the BITS Saints after the appointment of Alan Mostert as A grade coach for the 2006 AFL Capricornia season.

Mostert takes over the Saints top job from Rod Spice who led the team to a third place finish in 2005.

The new man brings a wealth of experience to the role having played primarily in the Geelong and South-West Football Leagues during a long playing career.

A non-playing coach, Mostert is confident he is the man to lift the Saints back to the top of the AFL Capricornia ladder.

'I am really looking forward to the season, 2006 is going to be a big year for the club,' Mostert said.

'At this stage we look to have around half a dozen new blokes at the club and having kept pretty much the same team as last year, the season coming up looks very promising.'

Mostert is keen to inject a fresh look to the Saints line-up and is hoping a number of the club's promising juniors can stand up in 2006.

'Rod (Spice) was able to give some of the under-17 boys a great taste of senior footy last year and this year I am hoping those boys who came in then can step up to another level,' he said.

Mostert has already got his support staff in place, with Gary Howarth appointed as assistant/fitness coach.

Howarth has been pinpointed to play a key role during 2006, with Mostert believing the Saints' fitness is an area where the team can improve.

'Brothers and Glenmore set the benchmark last year and were fitter teams than us, so a big focus for me is on us getting fitter as a team, usually the fittest team wins games,' he said.

The Saints hit the training track for the first time this year tomorrow night at the BITS Oval, starting from 6pm.

All new and old players are welcome to attend.



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