Blues work hard on track

INCREASING Inglewood's fitness and playing a more attacking style are among the key areas new coach Isaac Douthie has targeted for the Blues in the Loddon Valley Football League next year.

The Blues have been the perennial struggler of the LVFL for the past decade, claiming six wooden spoons since their last finals appearance in 2003.

And that's why it's all about small steps for Douthie as coach, starting with the aim of avoiding another wooden spoon next year.

"I want to be very competitive and attacking," Douthie said on Thursday.

"We're not aiming for the premiership, but we're aiming to get off the bottom of the ladder and win more games than we did last season (one).

"We'll be a lot more fitter and attacking and more disciplined."

With an increased focus on fitness, the Blues have already started their pre-season training, kicking off on December 1.

"Fitness is something we'll be working on, and we lacked a forward line as well, so that's something to focus on, too," Douthie said.

The Blues have lost 2012 LVFL Rising Star-winning ruckman Joel Stevenson and full-back Josh Houlden, who finished first and second in their best and fairest this year.

Recruits so far to the Blues - who won their last senior flag in 1986 - include Jayden Sheean, who has senior experience in the Bendigo league with South Bendigo, midfielder Matthew Thomas from Rushworth and Jake McInerney from Macorna.

Inglewood's 2014 draw:

April 5 v Marong (h).

April 12 v Calivil Utd (a).

April 26 v BL-Serp (h).

May 3 v Bridgewater (a).

May 10 v Newbridge (h).

May 31 v YCW (a).

June 7 v Mitiamo (h).

June 14 v P. Hill (a).

June 21 v Marong (a).

June 28 v Calivil Utd (h).

July 5 v BL-Serp (a).

July 12 v Bridgewater (h).

July 19 v Newbridge (a).

August 2 v YCW (h).

August 9 v Mitiamo (a).

August 16 v P. Hill (h).

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