Keen to better last season

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Meadowbank United fans will be hoping the return of some senior players and an infusion of young blood will pay dividends for the senior football side this season.
The Oamaru-based club plays in South Canterbury Football’s competition and has teams in the women’s competition and in division one and two of the men’s competition.
Last season did not go quite as planned for Meadowbank’s division one senior side, which finished fifth on the ladder in the nine-team competition.
Meadowbank United senior coach Simon Willetts said preparations for the 2016 season were well under way, with a focus on fitness and he was pleased with progress so far.
“It’s going not too bad. We’re having good numbers in training and we’ve got some keen and eager players. We’ve got some new players and some old ones back too.”He said midfielder James White was back for another season, while striker-midfielder Paul Holmes had recovered from a foot injury that had kept him on the sidelines for several months last season.
With the addition of several young players, Willetts said Meadowbank would be more of a force in 2016.
“There are some younger players … we are just waiting on transfers to come through. Some of them are young, fit and very fast, so they will be a danger for the defence in some of the other teams.
“Finishing better than last year would be my expectation. Obviously, it’s hard to know at the start of each season because there has been a bit of movement in the other clubs in Timaru.”He said pre-season fixtures threw up a few unexpected results, which would make things interesting when the season proper got under way on Saturday.
While Meadowbank has a first-round bye, it will play the reserve side at the Oamaru Showgrounds in a match Willetts described as “not quite a friendly”.
Meadowbank will open its season against West End A at the Oamaru Showgrounds on April 9, while the reserve side plays West End Reserves at the same venue.
The women’s side plays Craighead A in Timaru on Sunday.

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