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Saints launch

By McIvor Times

WINS and losses don’t mean everything.

When you’ve sat at the wrong end of the ladder in previous seasons, moving forward is so often the key.

Heathcote’s senior football team will adopt that approach in 2019 as the club’s rebuild continues.

Under the guidance of new coach Wayne Primmer, it’s all about individuals getting the best out of themselves.

‘‘We haven’t set ourselves any massive targets for the year,’’ Primmer said.

‘‘As a club we want to see the players developing, learning and keeping a structure in place.

‘‘It doesn’t necessarily mean we will win more games than last year, but that isn’t the goal.

‘‘If our players can look each other in the eye and say we improved as a group, it will be a successful.’’

Already there is a noticeable difference, with a gruelling pre-season holding the players in good stead ahead of round one of the Heathcote and District Football League season on Saturday.

That was already noticeable with good performances in practice matches against Loddon Valley teams, who Primmer believes will be finals contenders.

‘‘I can already tell you that the (Heathcote) players are much fitter,’’Primmer said.

‘‘We pushed two quality sides for most of the day, so there was plenty of positives to take away from those games.’’

The Saints open their season against Lockington Bamawm United, who put White Hills to the sword in a standalone season opener last week, winning by 94 points.

And having seen LBU first hand on Saturday, Primmer is well aware of the challenges facing his side.

‘‘We’re going to find out where we are at pretty quickly,’’ he said.

‘‘They were certainly very impressive over the last three quarters in particular.

‘‘It is going to be interesting to see how all of our hard work has paid off.’’

With plenty of positive energy flowing through the club, Heathcote’s players are now ready to show what they are made of.

‘‘I encourage all of the Heathcote supporters to get down to games,’’ Primmer said.

‘We’ve got a group of boys who are keen to pull on the jumper and proud to be at the club.’’

On the netball front, it will be a very similar story.

Development will be a major focus for this young group under the guidance of coach Lorrae Closter, with a host of changes marking a positive direction for the club.

If they can increase their winning tally of two from last season, it will definitely be a season Heathcote can look back fondly on.