Daniel Kirchen, who has won two reserve-grade titles with Mulwala, has been appointed playing coach of Tocumwal.By Hannah Driscoll
Tocumwal has appointed two-time Mulwala reserves premiership coach Daniel Kirchen as its playing senior coach for next season.
Kirchen is a former senior coach with Billabong Crows in the Coreen District and Hume Football Leagues from 2007 to 2010 and played 150 senior games with the Lions.
He was joint winner of the Murray Football League’s reserves best-and-fairest award in 2006.
Tocumwal is in the final stages of confirming the move next season from Murray Football League to Picola District Football League north-west division, with the move only needing to be ratified at both leagues’ annual general meetings in the coming months.
‘‘I think it’s a good opportunity,’’ Kirchen said.
‘‘With where the club was at in the Murray league, they were probably a little bit out of their depth, but going into the Picola league I think they should be more than competitive.’’
He said club officials got in touch with him and began discussions before the end of the Murray league season, which saw the Lions win back-to-back reserves’ flags, having not lost a game since round seven last year.
‘‘I always wanted to coach seniors again and the opportunity came up. Senior coaching is always a good opportunity, especially in a new town, new club, getting to know new people,’’ Kirchen, 36, said.
Kirchen, who will play on the half-back line, has already approached players to join the Bloods’ ranks.
‘‘I’m not speaking to any superstars or anything like that, I just want to get a bit of depth at the club and with the players they’ve got,’’ he said.
‘‘If they get fair dinkum and we get up and about and fit at pre-season, there is no reason why we can’t be more than competitive.’’
He believed success would bring people to the club and lead to more commitment.
‘‘As a senior coach I’m all about trying to get people together as a group and enjoying each other’s company and having fun. The rest of it will take care of itself with training and getting fit and all that sort of stuff,’’ he said.
Tocumwal president Ashley Crawford said the club was excited about what Kirchen could bring.
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