FOR the benefit of those people who missed my final news articles last year, the Bomaderry Australian Football Club is pleased to announce that Sean Byrne has been appointed first grade coach for 2014.
He will be ably assisted by Matt Cace, a two time best and fairest winner and coach of the Tigers 2010 premiership team.
Aaron Daykin will again be in charge of reserve grade after doing such a good job last year.
With Martin Kick, Greg Wellington and Matthew Ganderton in the background to offer support from time to time and Rick Dorey looking to get involved from a fitness perspective, Bomaderry appears well placed to take the next step.
Sean (or Pudge as he is best known) returns to the club after several years absence due to work commitments and a couple of seasons honing his skills with Lockhart in the strong Hume league.
He is well respected, extremely motivated and keen to guide the club through what could best be described as a rebuilding phase.
With so many new faces and a host of talented young juniors likely to step up in the next year or so, Pudge is extremely excited about the club’s prospects and the challenges that lay ahead.
As a player, he was an integral part of the Tigers’ 2006, 2007 and 2008 premiership successes, finishing runner-up best and fairest in 2006 and 2007 before finally being crowned best and fairest in 2008.
The Tigers are again expecting a huge turn over in player staff and while there is still plenty of experience and talent to work with, there is definitely an opportunity for new players to step up and stake their claim for a first grade spot.
Hopefully the club will pick up a few more new guys from the Shoalhaven campus this year, and with a number of new men from the navy arriving and plenty of youth to work with, the club looks set for another exciting phase.
With Albatross and Nowra only able to field one side in 2013, the Tigers at least offer an opportunity for players to play first grade if good enough and still get a run if they miss the cut.
While football has to be enjoyable, it is also about competing, developing your skills and improving not only as an individual, but also as a team.
Nothing worth winning is ever accomplished without plenty of hard work and commitment.
While the club appreciates everyone has things that need to be done and priorities that must come first, this year the Tigers are looking for a committed effort from each and everyone as it builds and strives for success.
If you can’t make training, we at least ask that you keep us informed and do a bit in your own time so that come game day the team is the best prepared that it can possibly be.
The Tigers held their first training run on Wednesday, January 15 and will be again be training at Artie Smith on Wednesday, January 22 at 6pm.
While there are still a lot of players away or involved with other sports at this time of the year, if you can make it, even if it is just for a short while, then please do.
Depending on what the players decide, I strongly suspect training will shift to Tuesday and Thursday nights after next week, but that decision still has not been made.
If you are not on the club’s email distribution list, or don’t have access to Facebook, contact Sticks on 0403 291 231.
The club also has a website up and running www.bomaderrytigersafl.com, although it is only in its early stages.
With coaches appointed, the committee elected and sponsorship well in hand, I guess the next area that we need to focus our attention on is recruiting.
If you know anyone or are new to the Shoalhaven and would like to get involved with a successful, family friendly AFL club, please give us a call.
It does not matter if you have never played AFL before, have been out of the game for a couple of years, or are looking to change clubs.
For more information on club activities (football or social) please contact Tony McCann on 0422 365 408 or Sticks on 0403 291 231
Until next time, go the Tigers.