Tigers put focus on fitness

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Updated: January 23, 2016
Thomson co-coach Reece Holwell addresses his players at training. Picture: AL PACKER

Thomson co-coach Reece Holwell addresses his players at training. Picture: AL PACKER

Thomson co-coach Reece Holwell addresses his players at training. Picture: AL PACKER

THOMSON co-coach Reece Holwell hopes a pre-season focus on fitness will help it take the next step and back into the GDFL finals in 2016.

The Tigers were the competition’s big improvers under Holwell and Brent Taylor in 2015, rising from two wins and the wooden spoon in 2014 to 11 victories and a sixth-placed finish.

However, Holwell knows without further improvement, Thomson will again be watching on at the business end of the season.

“Every year you play footy you want to play finals,” he said.

“We’re really not putting too much pressure on and talking about that stuff now.

“Fitness has been our main aim so far.

“We understand the league a little bit better now and what it’s going to take.

“We’re looking back at last year and adjusting a few things, but fitness is our No.1 key aspect now.

“We’re trying to get as fit as we can and we’ll worry about the rest as it comes.”

On the recruiting front, the Tigers have added brothers Justin and Andrew White, who played alongside Holwell and Taylor in premierships at Drysdale.

Justin arrives from winning the Geelong West best and fairest, while Andrew was previously at Colac league club Forrest.

“They showed a bit of interest to us at the start of last year, but they committed elsewhere,” Holwell said.

“Being friends, we always catch up for a beer and a chat.

“Us (Holwell and Taylor) being here helped a bit, but (brother) Brad playing here as well, they get the opportunity to play senior footy together for the first time ever.

“They’ve always played apart, so it’s good for them to reunite.”

Chris Scott is back after two years at Leopold, while, importantly, ruckman Alex Bowles is back from St Joseph’s to help veteran Dean Oakley in the big man department.

“He’s a traditional ruckman,” Holwell said of Bowles.

“Dean did a fantastic job for us. He was probably a bit undersized, but around the ground he was brilliant.

“He had a ripping year and came third in our B&F.

“He needed a chop-out and he probably didn’t get one last year, so that was probably our No.1 priority – to get a ruckman on-board.

“They’re hard to come by and we think we’ve got a good one in Alex.”

The Tigers will play practice matches against BFL clubs Drysdale and Barwon Heads before opening their GDFL season against Werribee Centrals on April 2 at Godfrey Street.

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