By Beth Newman
One look at Mt Gravatt’s list and it is clear this is a new generation of Vulture.
Twenty-three year old Joe Murphy is among the most senior players, with less than a handful of players closer to 30 than 20.
With a crop of players coming through from last year’s Under 18 side, headed by livewire Wiley Buzza, there are certain to be a bunch of new faces on their senior team sheet.
Senior coach, Brad Pollock, said he would give the young side every chance to prove themselves this season.
“These guys have got enough talent to mix it with guys but having said that, you can’t beat experience, and they’re going to need a helping hand,” he said.
“They’re good skilful players. They’re going to have no issue with that, it’s just can they play against men consistently.
“They’ll get game time and we’ll look after them best we can. If they thrive on it, let them go, if they don’t, go to plan B.”
Injured trio Mitch Hart, Jayden Crawley and Chris Murphy will return to become key members in the Vultures side, and Pollock sees the three as essentially new recruits.
While all missed the 2013 season, they have shown potential and ability at senior level in the past, and could play a major part in the next generation of Vultures.
A number of Vultures are in the mix for Redland’s NEAFL list and Pollock said the younger group had figured out from day one that they would be shouldering some extra leadership load.
“I think because they’ve seen even before Christmas, it was ‘Hey, we’re it.’
“They’ve accepted it and they’re the ones driving the group on the track.”
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With many unknown factors heading into the newly restructured QAFL this season, Pollock said his side was looking at the bigger picture, with a focus on continual improvement.
“We don’t expect them one on one to beat their opponents week in, week out, because they’re going to be some good, experienced guys, but if they’re making good decisions when they’ve got the ball, then that’s going to lessen that effect,” he said.
“I think the good thing is they’re all young , I expect them to really band together and be a core for the years to come.”
The addition of 2013 Division One grand final players, Aaron Richardson and Nick Tronc, will bring more senior experience to the group.
The Vultures take on Broadbeach at H&A Oval on April 6, in Round one of the QAFL.
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