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Ammos defy the pundits

Geelong Amateur veteran Jarrod Young is helping develop the club’s crop of talented youngsters. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

HANDS up if you thought this was the year Geelong Amateur came right back to the pack?

Be honest that when you saw the quality of the departures from Queen’s Park and that the ins were a trio of fringe GFL players, coupled with an untried coach in former Geelong speedster Kane Tenace; you were thinking Ammos might battle to hold their spot inside the top five.

That thinking appeared justified when it was on the end of a 63-point hiding at the hands of Torquay in Round 1

However, just over a month later, Geelong Amateur has put the doubters on notice.

“I wasn’t 100 per cent sure what to expect going into the season,” Tenace said.

“We were pretty happy where the list was, but coming into a new league and not having much involvement with the BFL before, it was always going to be a little bit different, and I was a little bit uncertain about where we stood.

“But I’m very happy to be 4-1.”

Tenace says the formula for Ammos’ early success has been simple.

“With a young group, it’s the way that they’ve listened and the way they’ve been willing to change how they’ve played the game in the past,” he said.

“We’re not a side who is going to be able to blow anyone else away with the talent.

“We just need to be able to play to a game plan and stick to it for as much of the four quarters as we can to win games of football.

“I’ve been really impressed with the way the guys have been able to stick at it and willing to learn new things.”

The next challenge for Tenace’s men comes in the form of Ocean Grove, which is coming off a confidence-boosting first win of the season against Anglesea.

“We’re not in a position where we can just roll up and win games of footy,” he said.

“If we don’t do things to the way that we need to, and don’t play the way that we need to, anyone can beat anyone.

“You saw Newcomb get pretty close to Modewarre; you saw Queenscliff push us for three-and-a-half quarters as well.

“So, if we’re not on our game, Ocean Grove is very capable, and they’re good enough to knock us off.”

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