Albany Footy Sharks hungry for first ever win
The Albany Sharks play in the Great Southern Football League and enter their fourth year with a new coach and a promise that they'll be much more competitive than previous years.
New coach Alan Smallwood says the preseason has had a focus on fitness and discipline and small improvements created by these crucial elements should lead to a much sought after win.
"Of course we want to win, everybody wants to win, these guys are sick of losing, sick of getting belted.
"They want to win, I want to win, but I'm also a realist in that I know we've got to take those small steps and we've got to make sure we do everything right.
"We do everything right, sooner or later the win will come.
The GSFL have tried since the inception of the Sharks to introduce measures to help the Sharks but given that the League put a cap on the margin other teams could beat the Sharks last year, the measures are slow working at best.
Smallwood has given up on receiving too much help and is focused on the club forging its own path to success.
"I've put a lot of suggestions through as my time as president and I'm probably sick of banging my head against the wall, it's just a matter of trying to show everyone we've got a good and vibrant club."
But according to Smallwood, attracting newcomers to a new club is tricky when you are losing every game and you don't have decades of history and culture behind you.
"It is hard, it take a long time to build a culture up but if we just keep getting that (vibrancy) right and making it attractive for families to come down and make it a family club, that will keep growing and improving."
Disrespect for the Sharks
Sharks player Matt Galantino says it is difficult to keep fronting up week after week when you are getting belted but believes the time is close that respect for the Sharks will finally be shown.
"My very first colts year we got beaten by 20 goals every game so I'm used to that sort of thing.
"I am real keen to get these guys to have a win. The young guys coming up through the club really need it.
"It's very important...I think there is a lot of disrespect shown by other clubs in the past.
"To just earn some respect and have a competitive stance on the field will be real good."
The Albany Sharks play their season opener on Sunday against the Mt Barker Bulls.
Their fans pining to hear the club song sung with gusto post match.