New Fire at the Dragons Lair
The Camberwell Dragons are excited to announce several key signings to their Division 1 team for the upcoming season. After a disappointing 2013, the Dragons have completely revamped their roster and are confident of a much improved showing in 2014.
2013 Youth League 2 “All Star Guard” and “Golden Hands” winner Mark Jeffers returns to the senior team after a year in Youth League where he scooped many of the major awards and captained the club to its first Championship.
6ft 10 Centre Graeme Anstey, the brother of Coach Kevin Anstey, has also signed on for the upcoming season. Anstey has experience in the NBL with the Townsville Crocodiles and was also a previous SEABL “All Star 5 Centre” with the Ballarat Miners. He brings size, talent and experience to the new look dragons.
Former Diamond Valley stars Heath Hay and Adam Gibson have also committed to the Dragons for 2014. Guard Hay and Forward Gibson are both returning after a few years away from the Big V scene but due to their respective professions are both in prime physical condition and will look to make an immediate impact on the League.
Rounding out what is an entirely new team for the upcoming season are a mixture of old and new faces. Former Camberwell Dragon Tom Sapountsis returns to The Lair after spending the past few seasons with McKinnon. Josh Smith and Mark Fernandez step up from their successful championship run with the Youth League men. Julian Fields, Youth League 2 coach of the year last year, puts down the clipboard and returns to the other side of the lines to help the Dragons quest for success. And new faces Shane Muir and Scott Taylor round out what should be a very deep line up.
Coach Anstey is thrilled with how the team is shaping up. “We believe we have a squad which will be as deep as any other in the league. At the moment we probably don’t have that one stand out guy that a few of the other teams possess but we think that with our depth from one through 10 we can challenge the other teams in a completely different way. Each of these guys brings something a little unique to the team and we will be much better with every month that goes by. I’m really excited for the season to begin and I think we will surprise a lot of teams”.
The Dragons are still rounding out their roster and are close to signing their final piece. “We are in talks with another big that will be an absolute star of the division – we are hopeful of announcing something in the next week or so”.
Club President, Justin Boyd could not be happier with the start “The Vulture”, Kevin Anstey has had with this group. “He brings leadership, an amazing wealth of knowledge and his is dedicated to the success of his team but the senior program and club as a whole just goes to show his commitment.”
The men will start season 2014 with a Double Header, Saturday night will be away vs. Melbourne Uni, but Dragon fans are encouraged to get along for the Sunday clash between Altona @ Balwyn High 2.00pm tip off
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