New Senior Coach Tony Lynn has seamlessly returned to Dittmer Park after captaining the Vultures premiership team to victory against Southport in the 2002 QAFL Grand Final.
“It’s exciting to be back at Mt Gravatt, I have fond memories playing at this club, and I look forward to building on our past successes,” said Lynn.
“I’ve been really impressed with the work rate our guys put into training, they put their best foot forward.”
Mt Gravatt began their preseason in early December, culminating in an intense training camp at Stradbroke Island.
“Like every club, it has been a difficult to organise practice matches, between COVID and the recent weather it makes it hard to gauge the competition as we haven’t been tested.
“We’ve spoken a fair bit about being resilient this season and forging our own path.
“Pleasingly we have been able to keep our list together and consistent, with just few key players being listed to Apsley and the Lions.”
Round two this Saturday see’s the Vultures head to Sherwood Oval where they’ll take on traditional rivals Sherwood Magpies in the inaugural Selvage-Pelly Cup.
“We have built ourselves up for this game, the history of the two clubs plays a part huge in the desire to come away with the win,” he said.
“During the 70’s and 80’s we had our fiercest rivalry with Sherwood.
“Between 1970 and 1983 Mt Gravatt and Sherwood shared all fourteen South Queensland Australian Football Association Premierships.
“It’s something myself and our Assistant Coach Gareth Dosser hope to educate our playing group more on this year.”
The re-signing of Frazer Neate follows the recent signing of former Vultures, Craig Malone, Gavin Grose and new face Benji Neal from Broadbeach.
“We have a good blend of experience and youth; a lot of our colts players are extremely talented and will hopefully get the opportunity to play seniors this year.”
Mt Gravatt in 2020
Played 9; Won 3, lost 5 (bye 1)
Points for: 489
Points against: 634 (percentage 77.13)
Best and fairest: Luke O’Sullivan