LOOKING BACK: Nathan Walker and Ryan Harth of the Biloela Panthers get the chance to rest and prepare for next season.
LOOKING BACK: Nathan Walker and Ryan Harth of the Biloela Panthers get the chance to rest and prepare for next season. Contributed

Time to re-evaluate position for the 2020 season

WITH the regular season done, it's time for the Biloela Panthers to take stock.

Panthers A Grade finished the year in fifth, Reserve Grade sixth and the U20s are in a semi-final this weekend against Emu Park.

Panthers A grade coach Graham Middlebrook said the club might need to change how many teams it fielded next season.

"We've got to have a good look at our numbers and ask ourselves do we have enough to field three sides?” Middlebrook said.

"We've got a bit of soul-searching to do to make sure we're giving the sides we can fill the best opportunity in whatever grade they are in.

"We had too many guys playing two games of footy.

"People want to see 17 fresh athletes put on a show.”

For Graham's A graders, there's been some turnover from last year's roster with a considerable loss of experience.

"In first grade we emulated last year finishing fifth,” Middlebrook said. "A good result considering we lost a heck of a lot of experience from last year's side.

"Our average age is down to 22-23, which is very young for this competition.

"But they stepped up and we can take positivity out of that.”

Middlebrook hoped the players could band together and put in a solid pre-season to continue rebuilding the club.

"We need to get into pre-season and let the players vote with their feet by showing up,” Middlebrook said. "It's a slow building phase where we are.

"All in all its been an absolute pleasure and I've loved being back involved.”

Middlebrook was proud of the lads who played both Reserve and A grade in losses to Norths last round.

"All but two of our first graders played both Reserve and A grade,” Middlebrook said. "We couldn't be prouder of the lads that showed up.”


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