Matt Petering on the season ahead

Triple Beaumaris premiership player Matt Petering will lead the senior team in its quest to return to the VAFA’s top tier competition.

Petering was the players’ standout choice as skipper during a preseason vote that shaped a new-look leadership group, featuring reigning club champion Scott Gower, Anthony Carroll, Michael de Fontenay, Jonno Nash, Will Edmonds and Jack Gabron-Uhe.

Petering said he was filled with pride when he was voted captain, succeeding from long-standing leader Tom Dean. It sounds a bit cliché but truly an honour and a great source of pride for me,” Petering said. I feel strongly about the club and the community and feel like we are on the verge of something special. I’m very proud of the change we have driven in the last decade. The club has undergone a significant cultural and physical shift from the new clubrooms, to the origination of three women’s teams and the strongest junior breeding ground in Australia. It’s a great launching pad for A grade success.”

In his 12th year at the club, Petering said the team is aspiring for an A-grade return following last year’s forgetful campaign that was marred by injuries to key players.

The silky midfielder hopes the club can hold the cup aloft on the premiership dais and secure a second B-grade flag in three years. We're always driving to win a flag. That is the outcome,” he said. There are multiple drivers within that overarching goal, but at the end of the day, it’s all about getting your mits on the cup.”

Petering, who works as Westpac Group’s Strategy and Operations Manager, is bullish about the rising talent at the club and sees big seasons from Josh Trew, Joel Cusack, Chris Grigoriadis and Lewis Diggins. And he's tipped Edmonds as a smokey to take out the club’s best and fairest gong after a sterling preseason. This year will be about cultivating the prodigiously talented young Sharks of the group and generating a culture conducive to sustained A-grade success,” he said.

I remember Brayden Haynes’ last season as captain a few years back and he was probably only a 15-possession player at the time, but also the most influential with leadership, voice and instruction. My role will likely shift towards something like that this year.”

The Sharks will take on Parkdale in its season-opener on Saturday against local rivals Parkdale. Petering said he was particularly excited to put on the boots for the first home game in front of the newly-built clubrooms. I can’t wait. The coaching panel has changed, the team itself has changed significantly and we haven’t played a great deal of footy together,” he said.

I’m looking forward to seeing how it all comes together on game day.”