2019 Shute Shield Season Review: Eastwood

After watching over the shoulder of his former coach John Manenti for a few years, Eastwood legend Ben Batger took the reins at TG Milner in 2019 and inherited arguably one of the competition's best squads on paper. The Woodies were big improvers in 2019 and eventually fell one match short of the grand final. But that's a long way from good enough, according to Batger, who seems desperate to lead the Woodies back to their winning ways. Overview with Ben Batger: “I guess I’m reasonably happy with the year. We improved in terms of the ladder in all areas. At the end of the season, we were second. Post season we were in the mix, we were the second best attacking side and the third best defensive side,” Batger reflected. “So we advanced in all the key areas but at the same time I think I let the guys down in a few key areas in my first year as coach. There were a few areas that I thought we needed to fix and probably didn’t. Our fitness was a problem and we didn’
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