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The West Belconnen Warriors have their eyes set on another top four finish after finishing fourth in last year’s Canberra Raiders Cup season.

The Warriors have been another victim of a tough few seasons with the Covid-19 pandemic, having their momentum cut short after 15 rounds of last season when the competition was abandoned, and not fielding a team in the 2020 shortened competition.

Although, West Belconnen will line up a bit differently this year, appointing two new head coaches in Tim Sloman and Ryan McQueen.

West Belconnen Warriors halfback Bayley Graham mentioned the club’s rebuild and the young talent they’re excited to showcase this upcoming season.

“We’d love to finish in the top four again, but in saying that we have two new very young coaches who are quite inexperienced. Although, they’ve been around the club for a while so the boys can get around them.”

“Goals for this season – we just want to build on the back of last year. Top four is good but we’re rebuilding so we’re just looking for some growth.”

West Belconnen LLT player Krystal Coker also spoke upon their preseason and the excitement around a new season with high hopes of improving from last year.

“Preseason has been good. We’ve got a few new players, a lot of young girls. Everyone seems to be enjoying it so far, it’s been a great vibe.”

“It’s been a while since we last played. We’ve still got the same core of players from last season but we’ve also got some younger girls coming up which is good for the club.”

West Belconnen will travel to take on last year’s minor premiers’ Gungahlin Bulls at Gungahlin Enclosed Field on Saturday April 2nd.

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