BUNGAREE’S premiership credentials have been given a major boost by the signing of former West Coast Eagles tall David Antonowicz.
Antonowicz, who played three matches for the Eagles way back in 2000, is yet to have his clearance officially approved to the Demons, but is expected to line-up for the Central Highlands Football League opener against Gordon.
The 32-year-old arrives at the club from Bendigo league side Gisborne, where he played in the senior team’s three-point grand final defeat in 2012.
Antonowicz, originally from the Western Jets, will fill a key post in the ruck and up forward this year. He played in a practice match against Creswick last week.
Demons coach Greg Middleton said Antonowicz had a connection to the club through fellow recruit Matt Cape, who is also set to make his Bungaree debut tomorrow against the Eagles.
“We don’t pin hopes on one person at all. I hope (Antonowicz) contributes like I expect everybody else to,” Middleton said.
“We have no greater expectation on him than anybody else in the side.”
While the Demons have been one of the big movers and shakers during the off-season, it will be a somewhat undermanned team that takes to the park tomorrow with a few key faces still sidelined through injury.
Amongst those is senior players Ricky Cummins, Marty Dufty, Kurt Lenehan, Chris Cowan and Zac Denham.
However, the exciting James Sullivan, who played in Tatura’s Goulburn Valley flag last year, will play.
Gordon, meanwhile, will be hoping to get off to a good start under new coach Corey Grills, who is one of a few additions to be showcased in this encounter.
Last time they met: Bungaree 15.14 (104) d Gordon 6.10 (46), round 8, 2012.
Prediction: Bungaree, but in a tough fight.