15. Recruits - over the off season, the Blues football department certainly hasn't been sitting back and reflecting on a successful first year for coach Carboni. Instead the Blues football department have been absolutely aggressive in securing talent of available players. Adding to the list for 2015 is an ex-AFL Gun in Justin Perkins who will feel right at home in a midfield comprised of 2014 team of the year stars Carboni and Sharpe. Along with Perkins, we have added a 6'3 swingman, a former club leading goal kicker, a amateurs junior gun, and the captain of a highly successful amateur club. This could by all rights be the number 1 reason to get excited about 2015, but here it is at 15.
14. Carboni - after feeling his way through 2014 and almost taking every award in the competition available with him (including Club B&F), Carboni gets another crack at Division 2 Footy, this time with the knowledge he has learned through the year. Watch out for another year of gut running, hard ball getting magic from the Pitbull like midfielder.
13. Return from Injuries - WBFC will also be looking forward to the return to the top of their game for some wounded Blues in 2014. 2014 Team of the Year Wingman Sharpe heads the list, but also notably some young guns have had some post season procedures to ensure their firing come round one. Watch out for a fitter Kieran Nolan and a less fragile Nathan Macdonald. Also a big return will be Ben Turner, who sat much of the season on the sidelines with a knee injury. Also, the long awaited return of AJ Mullocks is something you need to look forward to (he was best on ground up until the point that he did his ACL in his last game - just ask him). Keep an eye out for Jacob Bailey who will also return from The Great Australian Exercise Bike Ride and has already been cutting quite a figure on the training track.
12. 2005 Grand Final Reunion - can anyone forget "Club Enigma" Will Casey's match winning tackle in the final stages? How about the left foot goal of yours truly? 2005 was a massive year for the club, winning every game bar 1, and coming home with the silverware. Slevison booted a ton, Mahoney (Glen) dominated, and Travis Mahoney was in career best shape, holding down key posts. Scott Savage and Greg Hindson have been talking about this reunion for a while.
11. Youngsters on the rise - With the depth of talent that has arrived at the club over the post season, it would be easy to forget about the young guns that have served their apprenticeships in the reserves and seniors and are ready to make their mark on the competition. Looking forward to seeing the progression of the likes of Naif Macdonald, Mier, Santalucia and Wes Smith.
10. Ex AFL Experience - the closest WBFC has come to having an ex-AFL Player in its squad would probably be Scott Savage (who came so close to being rookie listed) or even big Ned Grubisic who played U19s for Collingwood. This year, WBFC proudly adds Justin Perkins to the squad for some much needed experience in the middle.
9. New Website - what you are reading now, this new web platform will not only enable the club to represent our brand and sponsors more effectively, but WBFC intends to offer a range of merchandise from this site in the coming months.
8. Brothers - 2015 we will have another brother connection with 2014 Assistant Coach Nick Edwards being joined by bother Will Edwards. Will has a trophy cabinet that includes multiple VAFA League awards, and has all the silky skills that we have seen on display at training from Nick.
7. Slevison's exotic check ins - If in 2014 you almost came to the point of unfollowing / unfriending Slevo rest assured he will be back in the goalsquare in 2015 where he should be. So get excited about seeing bags of goals at the Blues, and as an added bonus your newsfeed will be rid of posts of Slevo checking in at some beach in South America.
6. Multiple Fossils - in 2015 the WBFC may well have one of the most experienced lists in some time, with legends of the club entering the twilight of their collective years. Names like John Hindson, Paul Savage, Matthew Harrison, Andrew Slevison and Beau Rawlyk will all celebrate milestones this year.
5. Commitment - 2014 saw some real team building take place, with personal, team and on-field / off-field commitments making for a real change in culture and lead to positive change. 2015 will only build on this and will lead to the overall development of the playing list, from structure work to the commitment that success requires.
4. VFL Listed Guns - 2015 we will welcome Jack Sandrick as the Tassie take over continues (nominating the blues as his home club) along with our star and B&F winner / best mate of Lachie - Mitch Hayes who will play when released from Port Melbourne.
3. Junior Connection - Junior and Senior Committees and Coaching Panels have been working hard in the off season to ensure that the junior footballers to ensure their pathway to the under 19s and seniors when their time comes. This support was evident in 2014 with a huge amount of Junior support at games on Saturdays Seniors games, as well as a strong senior contingent through junior games and finals campaigns.
2. The return of the "Footy Factory" - I'm getting very excited about waking up extra early on Saturday mornings in 2015 and heading down to Charles Street to take in some Under 19 Magic from some of our young guns. 2015 Coaches Nathan McCulloch and Ben Turner will lead from the front, and supported by Paul Savage and Brett Miller
1. Premierships - years ending in 5 have always been hugely successful for the WBFC, having taken the top prize in 2005. Call it an omen, but with the previously mentioned 15 reasons why you should be excited, why can't we talk about the ultimate prize?
Here's to a hugely successful 2015.