Boston Football Club saw a reversal of its 2015 season, finishing in the bottom two last year.
On the back of losing a number of players from its previous season the Tigers struggled against the top four sides, although it did manage a thrilling one point win against Marble Range.
Coach Isaac Christian said Boston started its preseason in early January with a dozen players attending nearly every training who become the core part of this year’s team.
He said the Boston team is a young one with many players developing their skills and finding their place against the more experienced A grade players in the league.
“Last year was a bit of a grounding year, we had a lot of juniors come up and a lot of our guys, I think probably we had 15 or 16 guys that were under the 21 age bracket,” he said.
“We got games into them last year, we got good depth from them and towards the end of the year we had a few younger guys come up and play consistent, good football.”
Boston will be missing a few big names this year with the versatile Christian Dorward going to Adelaide Plains while Jack Shanley and Sam Beare are heading north to Mid West.
However the team has welcomed back Theo Theodosiou from Far West and Tim Wibberley is in from Adelaide.
Despite the results on the field there were plenty of great performances from Tiger players.
Willy Woldt uses his pace to great advantage, Samijo Kolega leads by example and goes for the contested footy while Adam Hywood can stand up when needed.
Sunny Singh continues to be a key player as a reliable marking option and kick at goal.
With a number of players available from the under 17 ranks expect a number of young Tigers to make their mark in the season ahead.
Christian said the young players would be the future of the club in the next four to five years so it was important to build their skills now.
As for this season he said to show improvement Boston would need to come together as a group and create a stable core to build on.
“If we can hang on to guys and keep them fit through the year, it’s going to be the nucleus of our game,” he said.
“It’s hard work ethic, we got better as the year as the year went on, so from that we’re looking to build each week basically and get something from each game.”
The young Boston brigade will have the chance to make a mark right away when they face Tasman at Ravendale, another team looking to develop its players and rise up the ranks.
Christian said there was no better time for the young players to step up and make an impact.
“We expect a lot from these young guys, it’s time for them to step up and become leaders of the club,” he said.
“We’re going to be competitive and from there we can build and hopefully get a crack at the finals and from there anything can happen.”