Collie Looking To Move Up The Ladder With Eights Days To Go

There is a new coach at the helm in Collie in 2024, with the club looking to arrest a period at the bottom of the ladder, where they have finished tenth in the previous two seasons, and have made finals only twice in the last seven.

Ash Stewart will take the reigns at the Collie Eagles in 2024, with the new coach having a big task to see one of the League’s inland clubs succeed.

The Eagles have won just four matches in the last two seasons, and it wasn’t until round eight before they won a game in 2023, and it was over a year without a win at home, a venue that was once feared by opposition teams.  Collie defeated Eaton (11th) twice in 2023 and Dunsborough (9th) once to finish with three wins for the season.

The club has had a few players return to the club after playing in other Leagues in previous seasons and will be bolstered by the inclusion of Jeb Swallow, who more recently has been playing in the Goldfields and Jayden Bootsma from North Albany.

The Eagles have a good draw in the first two weeks with matches against Eaton and Harvey Brunswick Leschenault, before taking on Carey Park and South Bunbury.  They do only play Busselton and Bunbury once this season, and the Eagles will hoping to take an early victory in 2024.  The Eagles also have a soft draw on the way home, Augusta Margaret River, Dunsborough and Harvey Bulls all in the final month, all of whom finished outside the finals last season, along with a bye, and a home game to finish the season.

The Reserves struggled in 2023, particularly in the back half of the season, and will be under new coach Phil Rabjones this year.  Darren O’Brien will take control of the Colts team, while Matt Stevens will be the Women’s Coach.