Pressing for glory

November 24, 2016

Trent Bacon will play for Eastern Football League club Waverly Blues next year after two seasons with Rochester.

If you go to Tatura and everyone is smiling, it will be for good reason.

The Bulldogs could be back as a Goulburn Valley Football League force next season after the most productive of recruiting periods.

The club keeps rolling out players and this week has been no different.

Having confirmed premiership defender Chris Ryan’s return after two years away last week, Tatura has signed up his Golden Square teammate Che Walls.

Ryan played at the Bendigo Football League club with Walls this year after spending the previous season in Queensland at Labrador.

Walls crosses to the kennel after being at Golden Square since his under-18 days in 2010.

He is a two-time premiership player and was part of the TAC Cup system with Bendigo Pioneers.

‘‘He’ll be handy for us because he can play anywhere from half-back and half-forward and through the midfield,’’ Tatura coach Jamason Daniels said.

‘‘He’s got a powerful build on him and he performed pretty well in the finals series when I watched him.’’

Star midfield-forward James Sullivan will be available on a full-time basis after spending the past two years at Box Hill.

Sullivan, a 2012 premiership player with Tatura, made five appearances for the Dogs this year when his VFL commitments allowed.

Tatura has also secured Jamie Jones and Shane Kay from Kyabram District Football League club Murchison-Toolamba.

Jones and Kay have been stars at the Grasshoppers during a number of years and played in the drought-breaking 2013 premiership.

The KDFL appears to be a fruitful recruiting ground for Tatura after picking up Lancaster leading goal-kicker Colby McDonald and his brother Bryce.

Despite being still eligible for under-18 level, Colby booted 41 goals for the Wombats last season in 18 senior games.

These signings come on top of small forward Andrew Ciavarella already crossing from reigning premier Kyabram and key position player Liam Borrelli returning after a season off because of medical reasons.

Tatura finished 10th this year with six wins and a draw under the coaching of club legend Linc Wellington.

Wellington has stepped back to be a player only next year as Daniels takes the coaching reins again after leading the team last year.

‘‘Kyabram will be the juggernaut again that everyone is chasing, but we want to play finals next season and that would hold us in good stead to have sustained success into the future,’’ Daniels said.

● In other GVFL news, Rochester speedster Trent Bacon will play in Melbourne next year.

Bacon has signed with Eastern Football League club Waverley Blues after two seasons with the Tigers.

He played 43 games during two Goulburn Valley Football League seasons for the Tigers and was among the best for the yellow and black in this year’s grand final loss to Kyabram.

Waverley announced Bacon’s signing on Facebook on Monday.

‘‘You may recognise Trent as he has been training with us while playing at Rochester,’’ the statement read.

‘‘The club is delighted that Trent has decided to make the permanent move to Melbourne for his football and is a significant signing for the club.’’

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