The Murray Bombers' under 18 football side will be coached by Phillip Evans for season 2014. The signing is the first of many to come for Echuca.By Luke McManus
Echuca Football Club has appointed Phillip ‘Flipper’ Evans as its new under 18s coach.
Evans, president of the Echuca-Moama Rockets and founder of the district’s One and All Inclusion project, accepted a contract offer from the Bombers committee early last week.
‘‘I’m very much looking forward to the challenge,’’ Evans said. ‘‘I’ve always believed, within the Echuca-Moama radius, the Bombers have the best underage team to coach.
‘‘I love footy, I’m passionate about the game and it’s a great opportunity to develop these kids and young men into senior footballers.’’
Evans is no stranger to coaching. After a playing career spanning several years, the former Echuca senior player went on to lead Lockington-Bamawm United thirds to a premiership, before coaching the Central Murray schoolboys team to a V/Line Cup division two championship.
Joining Evans as his assistant coaches next year will be former Echuca senior premiership players Brendan Power and Gary Norman while former senior coach Dylan Butler will also lend a hand. Evans handpicked all three.
It was important for me to have the right support,’’ Evans said. ‘‘I made sure I had three experienced people helping me.
‘‘We all have different skills we will bring to the table and I’m confident we can achieve what we implement.
‘‘We just want to put a playing list together who enjoy what they do, who want to train, who want to spend time together .
‘‘Things will obviously rely on the senior coach as we will have a similar game plan. The juniors who step up will need to be all over what’s expected from a senior point of view.’’
Evans replaces Simon Eishold who, in the wake of senior coach Cameron Stewart’s exit in late July, informed the club along with reserves coach Brendan Hogan of his intentions to not re-apply.
Eishold spent three years as thirds coach, achieving a sixth place finish and elimination final berth in 2011 — his first year at the helm — before finishing last in 2012 and ninth this season.
Echuca president Brett Stevens emphasised the club’s appreciation of Eishold’s commitment during his tenure and hoped he, alongside Stewart and Hogan, would remain avid members within the football club.
Stevens said the Bombers are extremely excited about the level of passion Evans will bring to the junior program and, having such a highly regarded member of the community taking over the reins, will sure put the under 18s in good stead moving forward.
‘‘We’re really excited to have Flipper on board,’’ Stevens said. ‘‘He’s a great candidate and a great clubman, so we’re rapt.’’
Evans’ signing is the first of three coaching appointments expected from the Murray Bombers, with the club’s vacant senior and reserves coaching spots set to be filled in the coming weeks.
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