COMING off a 10-goal win in last year’s grand final, as well as taking out the reserves flag, and adding the quality of John Conroy, Andrew Hamilton, Rex Bennett and Sam Madden over the off season, it’s hard to imagine how Milawa could be flying below the radar.
But that is exactly what has been happening.
The fact that all four of those players arrived fairly soon after the 2013 season finished allowed the Demons to quickly finalise their playing list and keep a low profile for the remainder of the off season.
With last year’s runner up Glenrowan going to great lengths to fortify its list, as well as topping up with one of the Ovens and Murray’s best big men in Karl Norman, many punters have shied away from Milawa in favor of the Kelly Tigers.
While happy to let the competition take the spotlight, Milawa co-coach Luke O’Keefe likes the way the Demons’ recruits are shaping up.
“In our practice match against Henty Sam Madden played on the wing and across half back,” O’Keefe said.
“Playing with a different group of guys he had to work himself into it, but the longer the game went on the better he looked.”