Continuity has been key for Tooradin Dalmore in their move to the Alex Scott & Staff West Gippsland Football Netball Competition.
Coach Lachie Gillespie remained at the helm, its senior playing list is almost identical to its last season in the South East Football Netball League and now it has retained a valued tradition, albeit with a fresh perspective.
The Seagulls have historically taken on Cranbourne on Anzac Day, but having joined the WGFNC this season, a new tradition has emerged, with the club set to host Warragul Industrials.
Tooradin Dalmore skipper Matt Livermore says it’s an occasion the club wholeheartedly embraces.
“It’s a special day and it’s a bit of an honour that not a lot of people get the opportunity to play in,” Livermore said.
“The last post and the anthem is a pretty special experience.”
Livermore is at the apex of a six-man leadership group guiding the Seagulls into their new era.
A hard-nosed midfielder who prides himself on winning the footy, the 28-year-old joined Tooradin Dalmore four years ago from boyhood club Emerald and is in his second season as captain.
The Seagulls opened their campaign in shaky fashion, falling to a 45-point defeat to Cora Lynn in the season opener.
However, the response has been impressive – an 11-point win against Nar Nar Goon was followed by back-to-back drubbings of Dalyston and Kilcunda Bass.
Livermore admitted it had been tricky to get a proper gauge on the competition, but said his side was determined not to overcomplicate the transition and was in no doubt the club had made the right decision.
“The last four years has been an uphill battle but we know we belong in West Gippsland. Numbers at training have been great and there’s a really good vibe down at Tooradin,” he said.
“Lachie is coaching again and we’re really just building on [last year’s] game plan. In the SEFNL if you took a risk it could blow up in your face if you didn’t execute, so Lachie is just encouraging us to take the game on more and score more freely.”
The Seagulls will be out to continue their strong form, while the Dusties will be hoping the occasion can lift them as they continue to seek their maiden senior win since joining the competition.
The home side has made two changes, with Jake O’Donnell and Jason Kestle replacing Adam Galea and Lewis Hill, while Stephen Joyce and Todd Watson have been named for the Dusties in place of Scott Lindsay.
The senior game is due to get underway at 2:15pm, following a pre-game Anzac Day ceremony.