Roozendaal lights up Bombers

NORTH Launceston ruckman Daniel Roozendaal is leaner, meaner and fitter this season than ever before.

An intensive six-week fitness campaign under the club's weights and conditioning coach before preseason training started saw the Bombers big man drop 17 kilograms off his frame.

``We worked six days a week for six weeks and this season I feel like I'm running on top of the ground instead of just dodging around,'' he said.

``My body feels better, my injuries haven't reappeared as much this season and I'm in the best nick I've been in since I was younger.''

The 27-year-old puts in a lion-hearted effort in the ruck every week as one of the club's most consistent players and brought up his milestone 100th senior game last week.

``I feel really good and excited about it because the club is moving forward really well and it's a good time to have it,'' Roozendaal said.

``I started the season better than I have in previous years and I'm happy with that but just want to keep building and I'm getting more mobile every game.

``I've been a ruckman all my life and I'm comfortable in the role and haven't had a bad coach in my old man so it's pretty handy.

Starting at North as a 17-year-old in 2004, he spent three seasons playing  in the NTFL under Rod Keogh before heading back to his home town of Bridport and spending the next few seasons playing there and at Scottsdale before returning to North in 2012 for a crack at the State League.

``I haven't been in a situation before where the club has been in a position to be eight and two going into the bye and it just shows we've done the right stuff since preseason and the players and coaches are on the right path,'' he said.

``It's a really exciting time to be around the club and the feeling is there and our players are starting to transition into being men in a men's game and being more physical this year.''

Winning a premiership remains his career goal and although the Bombers are not talking finals or flags yet, Roozendaal knows they are heading in the right direction.

In-form ruckman Daniel Roozendaal brought up his 100th game for North Launceston last week.  Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

In-form ruckman Daniel Roozendaal brought up his 100th game for North Launceston last week. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

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