With two A-grade teams entering and a host of talent in both sides, the goal for Barnstoneworth FC this season is a simple one... bring another Orange District Football Association premiership to their clubhouse.
Not only will the club field a pair of sides in the top flight division, it will be the only Orange-based group to send a squad up to the Western Premier League competition after Waratahs' made the tough decision to withdraw from the tournament in mid-June.
While a lot of the club's talent will be locked with WPL commitments, Barnstoneworth United captain Ash Honeysett says there more than enough talent in the A-Grade teams to contend for another premiership when the competition kicks off on July 4.
"Both teams are fairly strong and I think we can both hit the finals, for sure," Honeysett said.
The Barneys A-Grade team that won the competition over Waratahs in 2019 no longer exists, but the majority of the players from that side are scattered throughout both the A-grade and WPL for the upcoming season.
According to Honeysett, Waratahs' withdrawal from the WPL is an unfortunate one but from a local standpoint, is set to bolster the competition.
"Personally, it's good they dropped back because it's going to make for a stronger competition," he said. "It's good to have more talent at a local level."
As far as the WPL goes, Honeysett's overseen Barneys' side as it prepares for the returning regional campaign and is backing them to turn a few heads when it kicks off.
"They've got a strong side," he said. "They'll do really well. They've got a handful of ex-Mariners and state league players in there."
Most title-winning runs are kicked off by a strong pre-season which will make the upcoming season an interesting one, due to the fact that most sides have only had a couple of sessions in the lead-up to Saturday's looming kick-off.
"We've only had two runs so far so we'll start off pretty unfit," he said.
"We were working off the assumption we'd start in the middle of July but the more football the better."
Football doesn't rely on contact-based drills like rugby league does but the restrictions still haven't been ideal, especially considering kick-off is right around the corner.
"We're not supposed to be tackling each other or taking the ball off each other, he said.
"It impacts us a little bit but we've been able to do a lot of fitness and skills-based stuff.
"I don't imagine you can play games while training like that so I'd expect something to change soon.
"We've done all the preparation we can for now so hopefully when the season starts we can hit the ground running."
The senior ODFA will kick-off its local competition on Saturday July 4 while the juniors will ease into activities with a gala day on the same weekend, before officially getting underway after the school holidays.
Ash Honeysett will lead United this season while Chris Davis will captain Beyond Blue.
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