Midwest Brumbies look to improve all aspects of game ahead 2021 kick-off

CONTENDERS: After an impressive inaugural season, the Midwest Brumbies look to improve all aspects in 2021. Photo: Simone Kurtz

CONTENDERS: After an impressive inaugural season, the Midwest Brumbies look to improve all aspects in 2021. Photo: Simone Kurtz

Bigger, better, bolder.

That's how 2021 looks to shape up for the Midwest Brumbies with hopes set on improving all aspects of the club to do better on last year's outcomes.

With how all four sides played, especially with the under 14s who made the grand final but suffered an 18-8 loss to the Vipers, club president and open's coach Guy Pascoe says it was all but a taster for what this year will bring.

"My hopes for this year are on the field, to have all four teams improve on the efforts of the 2020 season and be in contention come finals time. Off the field it's a case of building on our positive culture, bringing the players family's into the club more and building on our financial stability," Pascoe said.

"This year we'll see a more disciplined and committed approach in some areas to give us a harder edge on the field right across the board.

"Teams in general got a shock at how physical our sides were at times with opposing clubs complimenting us on that aspect of our game, you could say they gained respect in that aspect. This year we'll be working more on our skill level and fitness to compliment that physicality."

On the topic of overall growth for the club, Pascoe says there "most certainly" will be given how popular the women's game has become.

"We had tremendous growth in numbers in all grades last year and I can't see it being any different in 2021. The growth in popularity with the women's side of the game continues to go from strength to strength, not just in the Western Women's comp but right across the state," he said.

"There's now talks underway within the Western Women's competition hierarchy to include an under 12s age division after the popularity of the under 13s development sides. There's also the Western Women's Pathways system which is a stepping stone for the more talented players in our competition to get a crack at the big time via development squads.

"At a recent Western Women's meeting there was a unanimous vote to have the competition expanded from five rounds to 10 plus a finals series which has been backed by NSW Rugby League. This is a huge step forward and an indication of the growth of the game and where it's headed."

The Midwest Brumbies AGM will take place in late February with specifics to be determined in a matter of days.

Meanwhile the kick-off of the Western Women's Rugby League competition is yet to be announced.

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