WITH just a matter of weeks before football season kicks off, the region’s clubs have been blowing out the last of the cobwebs in a series of practice matches.
Two local clubs — Lockington-Bamwam United and Rochester — took to the field in recent weeks for final tune-ups before their seasons begin.
At LBU, coach ‘King’ Kahl Oliver is pretty happy with the way his club is faring in the lead-up to the start of the Heathcote and District Football League season.
The favourite son is back and he likes what he sees in his kingdom.
The Cats had a recent hit-out with Murray Football League club Echuca United and Oliver was happy with the results.
‘‘I think they looked great this week,’’ Oliver said of his LBU team.
‘‘We’ve been slowly building over the summer until now and the team looks a lot better.
‘‘The last practice match we played we were good, but there were still areas where we could have been a lot better.
‘‘This game I think we were noticeably better, so I’m really happy with where our team is going.’’
LBU open their season against Mount Pleasant on April 7.
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Coach James Flaherty said his team produced a good performance in its practice match against South Bendigo on the weekend.
‘‘We were up against it a bit,’’ Flaherty said.
‘‘We had issues with numbers due to timing, but we saw a lot of positives.
‘‘Two of our new guys, Doug Wren and Rhys Free, were really impressive in their positions.
‘‘It’s what you want as a coach to see new guys come into the club and fall into the style quickly.’’
With Rochester starting its season against Shepparton on April 7, Flaherty said there was still some work to be done.
‘‘I think we have areas around stoppages that we can work on, so we need to keep improving as the season gets closer,’’ he said.