There are big changes afoot at Yarroweyah Football Netball Club.By Jessica Grimble
There are big changes afoot at Yarroweyah Football Netball Club.
The Picola District League north-west division club has one round remaining for this season — but already their sights are set on brighter times in 2014.
Mick Dunn has signed the dotted line to return to the Hoppers as senior coach, and a new nickname, the Settlers — honouring the town’s returned soldier settlers’ contribution to forming the club — has been proposed.
President Craig Opray said it was an exciting time for the insatiably proud family club, as it got its performance ‘‘back on track’’ and regained respect from the competition.
Dunn is a former player and best and fairest winner who returns to the club after an assistant coaching posting at Barooga in the Murray Football League as well as experience coaching junior teams.
He said a focus on developing existing players, including three under-17s due for promotion to senior level, would be the key.
But his development plan reaches far further than the immediate season.
He watched a recent match and said the scoreboard did not reflect some strong passages of play and the talent within the team.
‘‘The morale of the playing group is still very strong and to me that showed they’re not a side that will drop their heads,’’ Dunn said.
‘‘Regardless of the scoreboard, they’ve stuck together strongly.’’
Dunn said he would aim to reflect the success and camaraderie off-field to the team’s on-field performances in the coming two to three years during a rebuilding period.
He has vowed local players will be the focus, as opposed to recruiting players from outside the area.
‘‘There will be a focus on being able to train both nights with the club. You can’t have people training away, or one night with the team,’’ Dunn said.
Dunn takes over the coaching post from David Trenerry.
Mr Opray thanked Trennery for his services in coaching the senior outfit for the past three years.
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