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Light at end of tunnel for Grasshoppers

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December 07, 2017

Yarroweyah Football Club coach Paul Massingham, pictured playing for Waaia in 2014, is confident his side can turn around its fortunes next season.

Yarroweyah Football Club might not have registered a win last season, but coach Paul Massingham is confident the tide is slowly turning.

Recently reappointed for another season, Massingham believed the progress made since he started at the club was evidence of an upward tick in the club’s fortunes.

Massingham has more than 25 years of experience on the football field across several clubs in the Southern Riverina and Goulburn Valley districts, including taking out two club best-and-fairest awards while at Finley.

Numbers have been a continuous problem for the Hoppers, with some games forfeited due to lack of players.

But Massingham said recruitment was well under way, with some promising signings on the horizon.

‘‘We’ve lost a couple of players due to travel commitments, but other than that we haven’t lost too many,’’ he said.

‘‘Jayden Hitchcock, Shannon Wenzke and Chad Soule are all promising young players coming through.

‘‘We didn’t get a win last year, so our focus is trying to improve every player at the club.’’

And it is that focus on individual improvement that Massingham believes is the antidote to the Hoppers’ woes.

‘‘If everyone improves a little bit, the whole club improves,’’ he said.

‘‘I like working with people who are keen to improve and are willing to put in the hard yards to get to where we need to be.

‘‘And we’re always looking for new faces to join the club. We are a family-oriented club that welcomes all ages and abilities.

‘‘Our plans are to build a tight-knit club and get Yarroweyah back to its glory days.’’

Stalwart Bill Jones has been appointed as club president after serving in the role in 2010 and 2011.

Jones said his motivation for taking on the role was to do his bit to get the club back to where he feels it should be.

‘‘The club is in a rebuilding stage and it will take time to see results,’’ he said.

‘‘We suffered some heavy losses, but the scoreboard doesn’t reflect the improvement we have seen in the players.

‘‘Hopefully we can secure some more support from the future and get the club up and running again.

‘‘And with senior netball coaches Miranda Bond and Kirraly Jones recently appointed, things are looking up.’’

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