Nicholls set to coach Bulls

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - SPORT - Justin Fris

The Har­vey Bulls ap­pointed Craig Nicholls as their 2019 league coach on Tues­day night, fol­low­ing en­dorse­ment by the club’s com­mit­tee.

Nicholls, a pre­mier­ship-win­ning as­sis­tant coach un­der Ju­lian Burgess at Don­ny­brook last sea­son, said pas­sion and com­mit­ment were two of the ma­jor rea­sons be­hind de­cid­ing to com­mit to the Bulls.

“It’s got to do mainly with work­ing with the colts play­ers and so forth,” he said. “More to do with de­vel­op­ing the younger fel­las and get­ting them up to the stan­dard of play­ing league foot­ball.

“We had a fair few go through the league team this year. Ob­vi­ously it’s a small coun­try town as well, so they are prob­a­bly in the same boat as Don­ny­brook in terms of re­cruit­ing.

“It’s prob­a­bly a lit­tle bit eas­ier than Don­ny­brook though — just be­cause we are a lit­tle bit closer to the Perth re­gion.

“Also in talk­ing with the pas­sion­ate com­mit­tee mem­bers and pres­i­dent, they are pas­sion­ate about foot­ball like I am as well, and it all sort of fell into place, re­ally.” Nicholls is a big be­liever in en­sur­ing his side is fit to han­dle the rigours of league foot­ball and is up­beat about the chal­lenges ahead.

“Mainly they’ve got to be fit,” he said. “Fit­ness is a main key of ev­ery­thing. You have to be up and about – make sure your skills are good and hit your tar­gets.

“It’s about hard work. It’s about putting a bit of time into the younger guys be­cause the younger guys are the ones who can run all day, along with work­ing with the older guys who have the ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Nicholls, who spent time coach­ing in Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der be­fore his stint at the Dons, learnt plenty last sea­son and was com­pli­men­tary of his time at VC Mitchell Park.

“Just across the board it was re­ally good work­ing with Ju­lian and the other as­sis­tants in gen­eral” he said.

“We worked to­gether and just see­ing the pro­fes­sion­al­ism from Ju­lian and all the work that he puts in.

“He has the ut­most re­spect from all of his play­ers and he is a re­ally good coach and I was re­ally happy that he asked me to come on board with them, to tell you the truth.”

The Har­vey Bulls are con­fi­dent of brighter times un­der a new coach af­ter a chal­leng­ing sea­son.

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