Weekly Times | EAGLEHAWK has been nothing if not consistent in the past decade.
Since winning the 2007-08 flags, their first since 1982, the Two Blues have appeared in every Bendigo Football League finals series bar one but has only a 2011 grand final loss to Golden Square to show for it.
Their season starts on Good Friday at the QEO against South Bendigo.
It is a new chapter for the club with former junior and 2010 league best-and-fairest winner Josh Bowe taking over as playing coach.
Eaglehawk managed to fight back from 3-6 halfway through last season to make the preliminary final.
“The team that went through to the prelim last year are a good bunch of local kids,” Bowe said. “In the last six years with our old coach, Luke Monaghan ... he held the juniors and kids in high regard to try to develop them and keep them at the club.
“Hopefully we go well, but with a young group we’ve got a lot of work to do but we’ll definitely be aiming for top three finish.”
Bowe, 29, has spent the past four years in WA, where he won two premierships with Eaton in the South West league in 2013-14 and made two preliminary finals with Halls Head in the Peel Football League.
He was playing VFL football with Bendigo Bombers when Eaglehawk won its most recent premierships, but played in the 2005 and 2011 losses (he won an under-18 flag in 2003 when the seniors again lost).
“(The Eaton premierships) was awesome because it was the first flag in their club’s history, so it was pretty special in that regard,” Bowe said.
“But it wouldn’t hold the same value as a home club flag, no way.”