New Culcairn captain-coach Chris Willis. New Culcairn captain-coach Chris Willis admitted ahead of the weekend’s season opener against the Billabong Crows that he is “excited” by the Lions’ premiership prospects.
Willis has returned to Culcairn after a two-year stint coaching Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes and is happy with the Lions squad at his disposal.
Willis said up to 12 new players would enter the Culcairn line-up, which was bundled out of finals in straight sets last year after claiming the minor premiership.
Willis believes there is plenty to like about Culcairn this season.
“It’s pretty exciting, we’ve got a pretty good side,” Willis said.
“We’re probably lacking one quality on-baller but we’ve got a lot of different blokes who will change through there.
“We’re not clutching at straws.”
Willis is confident this year’s Culcairn team can be better than Kade Klemke’s outfit last season.
“I think it’s probably a more balanced side this year,” Willis said.
“Last year I think they relied on a couple (of players) to win their games.
“This year there is a more even spread of quality, rather than just a couple of stars.”
Culcairn was close to full-strength when it travelled to Oaklands at the weekend to take on Billabong Crows.
Only James Paton misssed the game due to a two-week suspension he copped at the end of last year.
Before the match, Willis said he did not know what to expect from the Crows.
“I don’t know much about the clubs from out there,” Willis said.
“They’re a bit of an unknown but I’m sure they’ll be just as keen as we are.
“It will be a challenge in its own right, that’s for sure.”
For the record, Culcairn defeated the Billabong Crows 16.15 (111) to 10.5 (65).
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