Rosedale Football-Netball Club recently announced the re-signing of senior coach Brad McKay.
McKay came to the Blues after a stellar career with Sale City, which included premiership success and a place in the North Gippsland Football-Netball League Team of the Year on two occasions.
While there was ultimately no real winners in the last NGFNL season, Rosedale risked being the hard luck story after it was announced the competition would go straight to finals — leaving the sixth placed Blues without the chance to compete.
The Blues were unlucky in some respects not to finish higher, as they lost to finals bound teams Woodside by one point, Traralgon Tyers United (seven points) and Churchill (nine points).
Adding to that, Rosedale defeated fourth placed Yarram on its home deck as well as preseason fancies Heyfield, and also drew with Sale City. Season 2021 could well have result in the Blues finishing with a win-loss record of nine-one.
With this in mind, it is likely McKay won’t be looking to change things too much, and will just be aiming to turn some of those close losses into wins next season.
Rosedale’s last NGFNL premiership came in 2015, and the Blues have generally offered good competition for all opponents over the years.
The Blues strong off-field reputation was harnessed further last season, after the club was awarded code of conduct recognition by the NGFNL for the way in which its players, officials and supporters presented themselves and played in the correct spirit.
Rosedale also hosted a mental health game for Mindful Aus during the season, wearing specially made football jumpers and netball bibs to raise awareness for a worthy cause.
Rosedale forward Brandon McDonald led the league goal kicking this year, slotting 48 majors, with bags of nine against Gormandale and Glengarry, and seven playing Sale City and Cowwarr respectively.
McDonald has kicked 265 goals his last five years at the Blues.