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Horsham Saints to rebuild in 2016 after winning premiership

 SLICK: Horsham Saints will look to the talents of players such as Sam Jasper, who was outstanding in the club’s premiership win in 2015. Picture: WILLAMY IMAGES


SLICK: Horsham Saints will look to the talents of players such as Sam Jasper, who was outstanding in the club’s premiership win in 2015. Picture: WILLAMY IMAGES


By DEAN LAWSON
Long-time football players and leaders, when chatting about the challenges in the game, will often agree the only thing harder than winning a premiership is winning another one.
Maintaining the momentum needed to win back-to-back flags is tough at any level of the game, and this year Horsham Saints face a massive challenge to again do what’s required to win the ultimate prize.
The Saints spent so many years being a Wimmera Football League bridesmaid it was perhaps inevitable that after they won the flag last year the pressure valve might somehow give after the premiership dust had settled.
And to some degree it has, manifesting itself in the shape of more than 20 player departures from the club’s senior group and a significant thinning of the club’s overall ranks.
Horsham Saints coach Shayne Breuer lamented in the disappointment of a heavy loss in personnel, but at the same time embraced an ‘exciting’ and fresh opportunity to see what an emerging crop of youngsters would produce.
“We have 23 definites who are going and another six or seven who we haven’t seen at training,” he said.
“It’s disappointing, but it’s just the way it goes. There are several factors, such as players retiring, young blokes going to university or work and a few have gone to the district league.
“It’s going to be interesting. Player depth meant we didn’t get to blood a lot of kids last year and this will give us opportunities, which will be good.
“And there are some great kids coming out of the under-17s. To be truthful I can’t wait for the season to start.
“We’ve lost all but one of the back six players from our grand final side.
“Among them were good leadership guys, but in saying that we still have our running brigade, which has trained really well.”

For full story, see the March 30, 2016 edition of The Weekly Advertiser.
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Posted on Mar 30 2016

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