The Park Ridge Pirates will have added bite to them this season courtesy of a number of former Jimboomba Redbacks.
Numerous Jimboomba Redbacks senior players from their 2016 campaign have moved up the Mount Lindesay highway to play for Park Ridge in the Queensland AFL (QAFL) Division 2 competition, with the Redbacks unfortunately unable to field a senior side in the 2016 QAFA B competition in 2017.
Pirates club president Andy Colenso said the club has been thrilled so far with their new additions.
“We have got quite a few seniors who have come across from Jimboomba, there’s a few in reserves, but the main core of them are in the senior side,” he said.
“The players we have got from Jimboomba have topped up our list nicely and we have been pleasantly surprised by just how much talent they do have.”
Colenso said despite a first up loss to Aspley in round one he was confident adding the likes of former Redbacks Bryce Tomlinson, Kristian Rooks, and Cody Smit as well as hard working midfielder Jacob Guise, sharp shooting goal scorer Tim Martin, and the talented Liam Towner, alongside an already improved Pirates senior lineup would see the Pirates figure in finals football.
“We think we will be more than competitive in Division 2 this year,” he said.
“We’re a finals chance, we are very comfortable with the players that we do have on our list and we are confident that we will make an impact on the finals this season.
“Liam was in our best on the weekend against Aspley.”
The Park Ridge Pirates next game is April 22 at home against Beenleigh and Colenso said he was sure the former Redders would feature prominently in both senior sides.
“We have our Anzac day round game coming up and I’m sure as long as their all fit and healthy they’ll be up for selection,” he said.