Report: JEFF STEPHENSON
PHIL Carse made a triumphant return to Redlands Football Club at the Bomber’s annual jumper presentation telling a big crowd of Bombers’ supporters and sponsors to ready themselves for “one hell of a ride” this NEAFL season.
The new coach and highly credentialled and regarded former player told the crowd he “loved the footy club” and his return to Scottsdale Park after four years as coach of country Victorian club Camperdown felt like he was back home.
Phil promised the crowd he and the playing group would leave nothing behind in their quest to drive up the ladder after a disappointing 2018.
“We’ve got 27 of last year’s list back with us and to a man they are unhappy with what happened last year and the character and grit they’ve shown in the pre-season illustrates we can and will do much better.
“They could have all said this is just too hard and taken the easy option.
“But they haven’t and all of us – the playing group, the coaching and support staff – all of us believe we can do much better.
“I can promise you the hard work is about to start.
“It’s going to be a roller-coaster ride but stick with us and help us push forward so we can achieve something special.
“I’ve always said that when going through hard times it makes the good times all that much sweeter.”
The 34 senior-listed players and seven rookies were presented with their jumpers by youngsters from the Victoria Point JAFC.
The major highlight was Phil receiving his from his son, Zephyr, who will be playing with the Sharkies Under 9s this year.
It was announced during the evening Hayden Bertoli-Simmonds will captain the side once again with Clay Cameron and Adrian Williams his deputies.
The night was attended by the State Member for Redlands, Kim Richards, the Mayor Karen Williams, and the Deputy Mayor Lance Hewlett.