Barossa District season preview

Football

The reigning premier has gone from strength to strength in the off-season, with team chemistry the focus ahead of its opening match in round two.

New coach Todd Miles said the side was always looking to improve.

“We’re still looking to improve, hopefully we can make finals,” he said.

“The main thing once you get to finals is that anything can happen from there.

“We're looking for a general improvement across the board, we had a fair few new blokes come in last year so we’re still just learning how to play together better, we’ve worked on a bit of our ball movement in the pre-season.”

Barossa will kick off its campaign with a trip to Dutton Park in round two.

Netball

Barossa District were the ladder climbers in 2016, following the recruitment of Willaston premiership coach Roz Fraser, and the star power of players such as Lisa Wilson.

However, the Bulldogs were made to be South’s bunny on a number of occasions last year, producing some classic games of netball.

Fraser believes consistency is the key to making her side a grand finalist.

"We need just a bit more consistency I think, we've got some pick ups this year, which means we've got coverage in all areas of the court which we didn't really have last year, I think they're a bit more settled," she said.

Barossa will commence its campaign against Kapunda in round two, a real chance to send a message to the competition.

"I think we're a strong chance to win that first one and we need to win that first one, for the confidence and to start off the way we want to," Fraser said.

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