Quest for greatness

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Updated: March 10, 2016
Geelong Amateur coach Rowan McSparron is hoping to take his team to a third straight BFL flag. Picture: AL PACKER
Geelong Amateur coach Rowan McSparron is hoping to take his team to a third straight BFL flag. Picture: AL PACKER

Geelong Amateur coach Rowan McSparron is hoping to take his team to a third straight BFL flag. Picture: AL PACKER

IN the 45 seasons the BFL has been in existence there been five occasions of a club winning a hat-trick of premierships.

Geelong Amateur would love to make that six in 2016.

Barwon Heads (1972-74), Newcomb (1980-82), Ocean Grove (1994-97 and 2000-03) and Queenscliff (2011-13) have all achieved what is seen by many as one of the toughest feats to achieve in sport.

“You look at the dynasty Ocean Grove had, even Queenscliff, in our competition, (and) South Barwon, North Shore in the GFL,” coach McSparron said.

“We want to win three in a row.”

McSparron has been around football long enough to know that Amateur won’t be given a free ride to the title.

However, he isn’t concerned at suggestions the men from Queen’s Park will have a target on their backs.

“Being the reigning premier, you’re always going to have those statements thrown at you,” McSparron said.

“But we’re just worried about what we want to do.

“We know the competition’s going to get that better again. We just want to make sure we’re doing the things we know that we can do well, and put ourselves in a position to be thereabouts again come finals time.”

Ammos have been boosted by the return of homegrown talent, with Ben and Kristian Bucovaz and Trent Weber returning from Bell Park, and Blair Kelly back from Bundoora.

They’ve also added Colac premiership star Micah Buchanan and former Coburg VFL big man Hamish Dahl.

However, it’s youngsters like Liam Cogan, Daniel Grose and Sam Bucovaz that McSparron is hoping for improvement from.

He says Bucovaz is thriving on his the return of his older brothers.

“He knows with the calibre of players that we’ve got at the club he needs to be doing the right things, especially as an 18-19-year-old kid, to be playing consistent senior footy,” McSparron said.

“With his brothers there, it’s obviously dangled that carrot in front of him so he can push to play some senior footy on a regular basis.”

Ammos open their season with a trip to Queenscliff on Easter Saturday, March 26.

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