New focus for Finch

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Updated: December 11, 2015
Picture: AL PACKER
Picture: AL PACKER

Picture: AL PACKER

FOR the best part of the decade Josh Finch has been leading from the front for Modewarre.

The star midfielder has been the beacon for a club that has played in just one finals series in the last 13 seasons, winning an equal BFL record three Les Ash medals.

Now he has the chance to be the man to deliver the ultimate success to the Warriors, something that has eluded them since winning the GDFL Division 2 flag in 1994.

“There were three things I identified when I took on the role,” Finch said.

“We’re working on them, and trying to implement my own methods and standards.”

Modewarre finished 2015 in sixth spot, just percentage outside the top five, after upsetting eventual preliminary finalist Barwon Heads in Haami Williams’ last game in charge.

That means Finch won’t be making drastic changes to the way the Warriors play as they enter their 21st season in the BFL.

“I’m basing our game plan around current list,” he said.

“There’s no point implementing something that’s not going to suit your list.

“We’re a young, enthusiastic list, and I’m basing it around that.”

Finch, who is also using the off-season to again play with good mate John Meesen with the Tiwi Bombers in the Northern Territory competition, admits to some surprise at his workload since replacing Williams.

“A lot of planning, a lot of preparation has to go into it,” he said.

“Trying to get the schedule organised pre-Christmas and after Christmas.

“All of a sudden you do that then practice matches are coming up, camp, and you’re trying to recruit at the same time.

“A lot of time goes into it, a lot more than I originally anticipated, but I’m enjoying it so far.”

In a boost for Modewarre, Mitch Fisher has returned as an assistant coach after six seasons at South Barwon where he was part of the Swans’ back-to-back success in 2012-13.

He also had a small taste of VFL action with both Geelong and Werribee in that time.

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“One of the things I thought we needed to improve on was leadership and more professionalism, and he’s going to provide that,” Finch said of Fisher.

Chris Mamalis, who was a key in Modewarre’s run to the 2012 preliminary final, is also set to return after three injury-affected years in which he has played just one senior and one reserve game.

The only confirmed departure is Daniel McCaskill to South Barwon.

“As I keep saying to all our playing list, and the guys we’ve had meetings with, we want them to play the best standard of footy,” Finch said.

“At the end of the day we’re trying to create a platform for anyone that wants to come to the club to get the most out of themselves and leave here better people.

“We encouraged him to do that and he’s always welcome back.”

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