How will the Tigers go in 2017?
A real changing of the guards is happening down at Simpson as they are set to build their list with youth after one of their greatest chapters in their clubs history.
It’s hard to see Simpson not making finals this year after their dominance of the league in the last three years, but their outs over the last two seasons will eventually start to take a toll while other sides have improved their lists.
The Tigers are in the mid-range bracket this season along with a few other sides and will be competing for the 4th/5th spot in the top five. Chester Gardner and Jamie Barry returning to the club and will help the them improve their defense however the loss of star goal kicker Nick Harding, playmaker Brock Neal, Vice-skipper Luke Weel and reliable utility Joel Hayward will hurt the Tigers depth. The Tigers did suffer stack of injuries last year to their senior core, which they were forced to blood some junior players who will no doubt get more of a taste of senior footy.
In: Jamie Barry (Caramut) Chester Gardner (Camperdown) Jonathon Jennings (Cobden), Brayden Hawkes (South Rovers),
Out: Nick Harding (Cobden) Ben Harding (Cobden) Brock Neal (Colac) Luke Weel (Nirranda) Adam Courtney (Colac Tigers) Troy McLaughlin (Camperdown) Joel Hayward (Colac Tigers)
The Key- Daniel Razga- Had a ripper of a season in his first in the CDFL last year after crossing from the GFL. Played a big role in the CDFL’s interleague win. In a surprise move in the finals he played a defensive role against Lorne’s Sam Stavienuter and did a great job, however the Tigers will need him to stay up forward and kick goals.
In for a big year - Tom Leishman - Taking the role as Co-Coach this season along with Daniel Razga, no doubt he will be eager to lead by example on field. He gathers a lot of footy around the ground and is a clever play maker.
Keep an eye on- Grady Rooke - Three senior years of footy already and just has only just turned 18. Grady became one the Tigers better players last year and no doubt will be keen to continue to improve this year.
Prediction - 6th (7 to 11 wins)