Off-season? What off-season?
Footy never sleeps in the south-west.
It was a busy week for the Hampden Football Netball League with a new coach landing at South Warrnambool, familiar faces returning to Koroit and North Warrnambool Eagles, crucial defenders re-signing at Camperdown and a former Cobden coach picking Hamilton Kangaroos as his new destination.
There was also the unveiling of the player points allocation for next season.
The five-time reigning premier Saints were docked three points and will have three less than their Hampden league opponents in 2019 following their sustained success.
Koroit president Steve Hoy called for clarity on the issue, warning it could become a handicap system.
There were feelgood stories too, such as the grandfather-grandson combination of Colin and Liam Greene playing lawn bowls together for Western District Bowls Division club Dennington and 84-year-old grandmother Angela Roache still tenpin bowling.
We also profiled four south-west teenagers – Camperdown triathlete Kurt McDonald, Port Fairy cricketer Maddie Green, Warrnambool cyclist Eddie Worrall and Warrnambool swimmer Alex Johnston – and asked them to share their sporting journeys and what makes them tick.
They are four impressive young athletes to watch out for in coming years.
Here are a selection of stories we featured over the past week.