Gladstone’s Mudcrabs are looking to change the momentum of the club, especially with a number of rising stars in the Suns training squads.
Gladstone’s Mudcrabs are looking to change the momentum of the club, especially with a number of rising stars in the Suns training squads. Luka Kauzlaric

Muddies dig in for better year as training gets underway

A SLOW season in comparison to the 2012 campaign, Gladstone Mudcrabs Seniors 2013 charge fell flat after round nine, losing their last six matches to finish second last, ahead of only Rockhampton Brothers.

Representing the losing half of the 2012 grand final, in a loss to local rivals BITS, the three wins from 15 matches last year was a disappointment for the players, coaches and all involved.

The club though is not too concerned with the performance. They said the senior team is playing better and this will help momentum, and the club is also happy with results from all other sides.

While the reserves were beaten in the 2013 grand final, and no other teams made the final match, the club recorded a first and two seconds on the ladder at the end of the regular season, showing promise for the future.

"This is a team on the up, we are trying to change things up and restructure," new president Michael Galonski said.

Looking at the new season as chance to build success, Galonski has been joined by a new committee and a host of new coaching staff.

Training is already underway and there has been a healthy number of attendees even before the school holidays have finished.

The Mudcrabs will be relying on the change to instil new motivation into the squads, led by senior coach Joe Walsh.

"We have gone with all new coaches. We have Joe Walsh as our seniors coach, Mick Larkins as our ladies coach, who are both doing a great job already," Galonski said.

Already planning well ahead in the season, with the goal of creating another charity game with BITS in May, the club is holding its sign-on day on February 9.

If the seniors team can show the promise of 2012, there is certainly a bright future for the club, which boasts a handful of Gold Coast Suns development squad players.

Mudcrabs 2013 finishes:

Seniors: 5th of 6

Reserves: 1st of 6

Ladies: 2nd of 6

Under 17: 2nd of 6

Under 15: 4th of 6

Under 13: 3rd of 6



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