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Tongala Football Club announces new coaches

A new coaching lineup has been announced for Tongala Football Club ahead of the upcoming Murray League season.

February 12, 2014 4:25am

Tongala's football hierarchy for the 2014 season.From left: Scott Waasdorp (under-14 coach), Gary Riedell (juniors president), David Newman (seniors coach), Wayne Cowley(club president) and Mick Souter (under-17 coach).


Tongala Football Club has announced its football coaching line up as preparations for the Murray league season continue.

David Newman continues as senior player-coach, while former senior coach Peter Bird will lead the reserves this year.

Club legend Mick Souter returns to the Blues this season to coach the under-17 side.

New club president Wayne Cowley said Tongala was delighted to have someone with Souter’s experience and expertise involved to pass on his knowledge to the younger players.

Training for the under-17s starts on Monday, February 10 at 5.30pm.

Previous players and any new players interested in joining the club are welcome to attend.

For inquiries, phone 0407821677.

The club’s junior teams will be coached by Scott Waasdorp (under-14s) and Brett Scoble (under-12s), while Gary Riedell is again junior president.

Training for the under-14s starts on Wednesday, March 5 at 5pm and for inquiries phone 0437544752.

Anyone interested in playing for the under-12 should phone Brett Scoble on 0427590418.

Tongala has lined up three practice matches, the first a six-quarter game against Rochester at Tongala Recreation Reserve on March 15.

The Blues will then host Mallee Eagles on March 22 and a club from the Wagga Wagga region, which includes former local star Nic Casey, on March 29.

The seniors side is taking shape and there are still likely to be some additions to the squad before Tongala hosts reigning premiers Echuca United in round one on April 12.

Last season’s standouts Jordan Souter, Tom Donnell and Adam Lovison are all returning and new signings include the returning Daryl Harrison, Ben Holman, Corey Atkinson-Harlen and two further as yet unnamed recruits.

Newman is also planning to give more game time to young players Connor Cowley, Bryce Denham, Ben Gledhill, Jordan Mulholland, James Belcher and Corey Nexhip.

The club is keen on the league’s decision to introduce the red/green vest system, which will provide and opportunity for an under-17s player to be substituted into a seniors match after playing in their junior game.

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