Monday 28 February 2011
The Aspley Hornets head to a camp at Noosa this weekend comfortable in the knowledge they have not only boosted their goalkicking power, but also their midfield depth.
The Hornets had a solid hit-out against the Brisbane Lions at Graham Road last weekend and travel to the Sunshine Coast for an all-encompassing camp to build momentum into the 2011 NEAFL season.
The Hornets have the capacity to be a dark horse in this year’s premiership competition, with 2010 recruits Matt Shir and Jamie Sheahan joining rugged local product Reece Toye as onballers of the highest class.
They will be more than complemented by the arrival of Colac Tigers recruits Micah Buchanan, Callum Buchanan and James Linton.
The two Buchanans are younger brothers of former Swan and Lion Amon.
Micah (pictured), 25, was runner-up in Colac’s best and fairest count last year, an award he won previously and has been a ball magnet in the midfield through his career.
Brother Callum represented Victorian Country at Under 19 level last year and has been part of the Bendigo Pioneers TAC Cup squad.
Linton was highly regarded by the Geelong Falcons, who had him on their TAC Cup playing roster, although he was hampered by pre-season hip surgery last season.
All three are tall, strong running types.
In addition, the Hornets have lured back home former junior and Gold Coast Suns triallist Ryan Thompson from Mt Gravatt.
And Noosa star James Brain, one of the prime movers in the club’s top three standing over the past four seasons in the Pineapple Hotel Cup, will also step up to a higher level of football.
Brain kicked four goals in both the Division 2 preliminary and grand finals last season.