Tigers add experience

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Updated: January 8, 2016
Torquay recruit Brendan Peace has suffered a season-ending knee injury. Picture: BALLARAT COURIER
Former Redan coach Brendan Peace has joined Torquay. Picture: BALLARAT COURIER

Former Redan coach Brendan Peace has joined Torquay. Picture: BALLARAT COURIER

BELLARINE league runner-up Torquay has topped up its list with experienced Ballarat league duo Brendan Peace and Adam Sewell as it looks to go one better in 2016.

Peace, who played two years with VFL club North Ballarat in 2007-08, spent last year travelling after a coaching stint with Redan that yielded two premierships.

Sewell, whose family has a beach house at Jan Juc, arrives from Ballarat Swans where he was assistant coach in 2014-15, which followed two years as coach of Newlyn in the Central Highlands league

“We couldn’t be happier to get the two boys on board,” Tigers coach Dom Gleeson said.

“We’ve had a tie with Ballarat with some of the players currently on our list and they keep their finger on the pulse within the Ballarat circles.

“And that’s where we feel like we had to go because most of the club’s here (in the Geelong region) are retaining most of their players, although there has been a bit of movement.”

COUP FOR COUTAS

Gleeson believes the experience of Peace and Sewell – who have both captained the Ballarat league at Country Championship level – will be invaluable as Torquay looks to snap a 10-year premiership drought.

He says their impact is already being felt.

“They’re really keen to step-up their leadership within the club,” Gleeson said.

“And we saw that in their first couple of training sessions.

“Not that were lacking it (leadership), but you can always have a lot more of it.”

BFL FIXTURE 2016

Gleeson says the introduction of the salary cap and points system has also impacted on recruiting.

“It’s almost a super coach/fantasy league type set-up where you’ve got to be really picky in what you can and can’t do with the points system and salary cap,” he said.

“We had a really, really good side last year, (but) we were second best, most likely all year if we’re going to be totally honest with ourselves.

“The players we’ve picked up are probably high in points, but they’re coming down for the right reasons, which we’re really ecstatic about.

“It makes our job a whole lot easier.”

The Tigers have three confirmed departures from the side that lost to Geelong Amateur by 32 points in last year’s decider including Paul Burchell, who is training with the Geelong VFL squad, joining GFL club St Albans.

“I couldn’t be happier for ‘Burchy’, I really encouraged him to go into the GFL,” Gleeson said.

“I do see him playing a lot of VFL football. I feel like he’s ready to rip it apart and I feel that Geelong are really enjoying his growth.”

Daniel Orr and Beau Clarke will spend 2016 travelling.

“(Orr) was a vital part to our forward structure last year.

“Clarke was riddled with injuries but really came good at the end of the year. I don’t think I saw the best of Beau and I’m disappointed to see him go overseas as well.

“Hopefully they come back an play with us the following year.”

The Tigers open their 2016 campaign with an Easter Saturday night clash with preliminary final opponents Barwon Heads on March 26.

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