IT’S the start of a new era for Hamilton, which is aiming to be the club that other clubs aspire to be.
Nanjing Night Net

New coach Brad Thomas said the Magpies had approached the 2012 Western Border season with an increased focus on professionalism.

“We’re trying to rebuild the club,” he said.

“That’s starting to happen now because we’re doing the right things off the field.”

Hamilton is intent on being a club locals are proud to call home.

“We’re creating a new culture,” said Thomas, who lives in Hamilton.

“We’re trying to create an atmosphere where it’s a family-friendly club and where people want to play for their local footy club.

“We’re not after first-year success, we want to build up and be successful year in, year out.”

Part of the plan is to regularly promote the club’s youngsters.

“We want to heavily rotate the under 18s through seniors this season,” Thomas said.

“We’ve got a list of 20-year-olds who we want to play 100 games together and become the leaders of the club.”

It’s a similar theory that his former coach Shane Threlfall had at Port Fairy.

Thomas, a 2011 Hampden interleague representative, said the Magpies’ game plan would be influenced by Threlfall’s coaching.

Hamilton will test out its new brand of football in this weekend’s Western Border pre-season cup at Casterton.

Thomas is taking a squad of 25 into tomorrow’s round-robin tournament, where the side will be focused on implementing its team rules.

It also provides a chance for the club to see a number of its recruits in action.

“We’ve recruited about 15 good steady players,” Thomas said.

“(Pre-season has) been going since mid-October, so it’s been pretty solid.

“We’ve really been working hard on our fitness.

“We want to control the things that we can control and fitness is one of those.”

After this weekend, Hamilton has scheduled practice matches against Koroit and Terang Mortlake before the Western Border season kicks off on April 14.

The winning club in Saturday’s pre-season cup will receive a package of Elastoplast sports products valued at $2000 plus a trophy.

Entry is free, with action to start at 9.30am.

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