Under 10 Uppers 2017
I played all of my junior footy for the Gisborne Rookies, playing in 4 winning grand finals and two losing grand finals. I then continued on to the Gisborne senior club playing in back to back under 18 grand final wins, and a hand full of senior games during this time. I had the same coach all the way through from under 10’s through to under 18’s.
I also played school Football for Breamar College: We played in successful Herald Sun Shield Competition, and I was selected in the Bendigo region Teal Cup representative sides which lead to a selection with the inaugural Western Jets team.
Unfortunately due to beginning my working career I left this opportunity and returned to play two seasons of senior football with Gisborne before accepting an offer to move to the Macedon football club. I played two seasons with Macedon before retiring to concentrate on work.
I made a comeback to football in 2010 with the Lancefield reserves for one year, then moving across to Woodend reserves in 2011.
In 2012 I was appointed to the reserves coaching position, and board man for the senior coach.
As a playing coach for the Woodend reserves I have won 3 Club Best and Fairest and in 2013 won the Scarborough Medal for the league Best and Fairest.
I continue to coach the reserves at Woodend and when my body is willing, still enjoy playing.
My goals for coaching the under 10’s are to teach the kids the very basics of football, kicking, handballing, marking, how to pick up a football, how to protect their bodies from contact, hopefully some fitness and most of all the importance of the team and team environment. I hope to be able to bring current Woodend senior players to the occasional training session, and hope to again organise an exciting excursion for the team.
Co Coach Under 16.5 2017
I am really looking forward to help coaching the boys in the Under 16.5’s.
I have played all of my football career at Woodend.
I was involved in the 2011 under 18s premiership and also spent a lot of time around the Calder Cannons while my younger brother played for them .
Due to injuries and work I haven’t been able to play for the last few seasons so I feel this would be a great opportunity for me to get back involved with footy.
This will be my first time coaching footy ( I have coached junior indoor soccer ).
Football is my passion and my main goal for the boys this year is to develop, get them ready and to teach them what is required to take the next step into senior football , while having fun.
Matt and I have a really good relationship and I feel we’re definately up for the challenge and it should be a really good year .
Co Coach Under 16.5 2017
I played my junior football at Woodend playing in and winning an U12 and U14 premiership as well as a U11 Best and Fairest.
Once I finished juniors I stepped up to the Woodend U18 for a season where we were undefeated Premiers.
From here I joined the army and got posted to Darwin, where I played senior football for Banks Bulldogs for 3 seasons winning 2 Grand Finals before moving to Nightcliffe in the NTFL where I played for another 3 years and won a Grand Final.
While in the army I represented the Army side as well as the ADF side. I had to stop playing 2 years ago due to injuries. I am currently studying a diploma of sports development AFL based.
My aim in coaching is to prepare the players for the next part of their footballing life being Seniors.
I would like to teach them more structure and game scenario based things to help bridge the gap between the junior and senior step.
I will be hoping to involve a friend that has played all over Australia in different leagues and currently plays for Geelong VFL as well as members and players from the senior club.