Fresh faces join coach­ing line-up

Geraldton Guardian - - Front Page - Vic­tor Tanti

All seven GNFL clubs have now ap­pointed league coaches, with two new faces and two old ones among them.

De­fend­ing pre­miers Mullewa have kept Adrian “Blair” Comea­gain af­ter he made his­tory last year in be­ing the first coach in the GNFL’s 57 years to take a team from last to first.

Railways have se­lected Karl Pir­rot­tina af­ter five years with Ja­son Gra­ham, who would have coached again but was happy to stand down as Pir­rot­tina is un­ques­tion­ably worth a shot.

Rovers would have hap­pily re­tained Erinn McCart­ney, who in many ways was 2017 coach of the year, as he took a team that ini­tially looked a rab­ble and made them very com­pet­i­tive.

McCart­ney was un­able to com­mit be­cause of work, but will play when he can. He does, how­ever, have an ex­cel­lent re­place­ment in Ian Comben.

Comben was an as­sis­tant to McCart­ney and also coached with great suc­cess in the North Mid­lands, tak­ing Min­genew to five flags in seven years.

He does have a pre­vi­ous GNFL stint be­hind him, way back in 1993 when he coached Bri­gades.

Towns has also gone back to the fu­ture in ap­point­ing Reg Hall, who has 129 league games be­hind him.

He pre­vi­ously coached Towns for five years for three pre­mier­ships and was also at Bri­gades for three years. He has a win per­cent­age of over 75.

Northamp­ton has stuck with Kings­ley Smith, who won the con­fi­dence of his play­ers in 2017, even though the sea­son did not pan out well.

The rea­son was sim­ple — he didn’t have the cat­tle. With one or two re­cruits, plus some de­vel­op­ment from home-grown ta­lent, Rams can be ex­pected to do well.

Chap­man Val­ley have a new man in Rus­sell Banks — the only un­known in the mix.

He is a hugely ex­pe­ri­enced player — a work­horse with more than 300 games in Perth am­a­teurs and an en­thu­si­as­tic coach who first coached when he was 20.

Like Smith at Northamp­ton, he will need to re­cruit qual­ity play­ers.

If he does, the Roy­als will im­prove.

Pic­ture: Arc­tic Moon Pho­tog­ra­phy

Mullewa have reap­pointed Adrian “Blair” Comea­gain in their quest to de­fend their GNFL premier­ship ti­tle in 2018.

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