Federals focus on regaining hunger in pre-season

Reserves premiers: The Federals Football Club reserves side took out the 2018 AFA grand final against hometown rivals the Railways. Photo: Supplied.
Reserves premiers: The Federals Football Club reserves side took out the 2018 AFA grand final against hometown rivals the Railways. Photo: Supplied.

The Federals Football Club say their hunger for a premiership in 2019 is strong following a successful season for the reserves side. 

Reserves coach Steve Rakowski said last year's grand final win and season as a whole was a club effort.

"We had the league boys training with us through finals, everyone put effort in," he said.

"Advice and support was coming from every angle and there was a lot of work behind the scenes from our volunteers, who are the backbone of the club.

"It's definitely what keeps us preforming consistently.

"If anything I feel the pressure has dropped off after finally winning a flag last year after a few unsuccessful attempts.

"What has increased is the hunger for more success."

Rakowski said the experience of ex-St Kilda player turned Federals league coach Alistair Smith brings a lot to the club. 

Smith, who is in his forth season of coaching, said he believes his side fell short in the preliminary final in 2018 because of a lack off fitness.

"We were relying a bit too much on our talent," he said.

"We had a very, very talented side last year on paper so it goes to show it's what you produce on the field.

"We need to get a bit more disciplined and try to get back that hunger for winning a premiership.

"It's a funny thing; when you win a premiership you think you can let your hair down a bit but we're going onto three or four years since we have won one so we need to get that hunger back."

Smith welcomed the success of past players Ian 'Bobby' Hill and Sydney Stack who were drafted by AFL clubs in the last few months. 

"It goes to show that some of your hard work is paying off and these young boys are listening," he said.

"Even though they were only here for a few years I think they did learn a fair bit.

"There's a couple more boys who are heading down that path if they want to take on that challenge. 

"My goal is try and push these guys to the Perth Demons.

"It is something I did as a junior as well.

"We never want to hold people back."

The Federals, who are heading into their forth week of pre-season training extended an invitation to anyone who wants to join the side. 

Scratch matches are lined up for the coming weeks.