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Kalgoorlie hitting the track early ahead of 2024 GFL season

Neale HarveyKalgoorlie Miner
Kalgoorlie coach Justin Tarasinski during the 2023 Goldfields Football League preliminary final between Railways and Kalgoorlie.
Camera IconKalgoorlie coach Justin Tarasinski during the 2023 Goldfields Football League preliminary final between Railways and Kalgoorlie. Credit: Carwyn Monck/Kalgoorlie Miner

Players across Kalgoorlie’s four senior squads have wasted no time ahead of the 2024 Goldfields Football League season, with a big turnout underpinning Tuesday night’s opening session of a four-week pre-Christmas training program.

The Roos’ league team emerged from this year’s qualifiers in fourth spot with five wins, and bowed out of flag contention against Railways in the preliminary final.

However, the black-and-whites’ senior stocks look in good hands for years to come after 13 members of the 2023 colts premiership team were exposed to league action during the season, including eight debutants.

They were complemented by nine players up from the Year 9-10 division.

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Justin Tarasinski continues at the helm of the league squad after signing a two-year deal before the 2023 season.

It marked his return to senior coaching after he led Kambalda in 2014-15.

The club’s brilliant midfielder, Jordan Madden, this year enjoyed a dominant campaign that earned him a rare Mitchell Medal/Most Valuable Player double.

Kalgoorlie’s Jordan Madden during the 2023 Goldfields Football League elimination final between Kalgoorlie and Mines Rovers.
Camera IconKalgoorlie’s Jordan Madden during the 2023 Goldfields Football League elimination final between Kalgoorlie and Mines Rovers. Credit: Carwyn Monck/Kalgoorlie Miner

He followed up that success by also winning the Jack Neil Medal as the club’s fairest-and-best player.

It was a breakout season of major proportions for Madden, who initially played in the GFL for Kambalda before joining Kalgoorlie in 2022, but he was hampered by ongoing hamstring injuries during the second half of that season.

Training each Tuesday and Thursday at Sir Richard Moore Sports Centre is from 6pm.

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