Lockyer Valley Demons plan red hot year
WITH a changing of the guard and planned installation of new infrastructure, the Lockyer Valley Demons are ready to kick some major goals in the 2015 season.
Club founder and president for the past five years, Tony Bowers, officially handed the reins over to new president Lance Shipston during an AGM in January.
Reflecting on the past five years, Bowers said he was proud to see the club and passion for AFL in the Lockyer Valley grow.
"They didn't think we would last 12 months, so we are really ecstatic," Bowers said.
"We never thought it wouldn't last, we just didn't know how well it would've gone and its gone better than we expected.
Forming the club with wife Donna in 2009, Bowers said the duo had fulfilled all their goals and aspirations for the Demons.
"We've achieved what we wanted, we've ticked all the boxes we had in plans and the ideas we had in place for the next five years Lance can now improve on," he said.
"We had five teams when we started and we've now got seven teams and we've gone from 70 players to anywhere up to 140 players."
New president Lance Shipston said 2015 would be a great year for the Lockyer Valley Demons.
"I'm excited, we've got a good foundation that Tony and Donna have set up and now we'll just move on, get our canteen in and see the lights come up and see our club grow," Shipston said.
"And hopefully we can just further develop and grow within what we've got.
"We are expecting to perform a lot better than we did last year too, we've got a lot more guys here who are getting on really well and we have a good core group and now we just need to expand on our numbers to make sure we get a lot better success on the field this year."
A fresh face will also fill the role of vice-president with 22-year-old Sam Hegarty putting his hand up.
"I've been with the club for the last three and half years just getting to know everyone and I pretty much want to stick it out and try and help the club improve a bit," Hegarty said.
Among the new infrastructure to be installed for the 2015 season will be two new light poles and a demountable canteen building.
Bowers said the lights would increase the timeframe from which players can train at night.