Nol­la­mara calls in the big guns

North Coast Times - - SPORT -

A FEW fa­mil­iar faces will hit the park for Nol­la­mara Am­a­teur Foot­ball Club as part of the 2018 WA Am­a­teur Foot­ball League sea­son.

With more than 650 AFL games be­tween them, Des Head­land (Bris­bane, Fre­man­tle), Dale Kick­ett (Fitzroy, West Coast, St Kilda, Essendon, Fre­man­tle), David Wir­rpanda (West Coast) , Jar­rad Oak­ley-Ni­cholls (Rich­mond, West Coast), Garth Tay­lor (Fre­man­tle), Ash­ley Blur­ton (West Coast, Rich­mond) and Kevin Ca­ton (West Coast, Fitzroy, Bris­bane) are try­ing to help the club repli­cate its 2015-2016 pre­mier­ship form.

Player, head coach and for­mer Fre­man­tle Dock­ers and Bris­bane Lions player Des Head­land is at the helm of the footy club, a club he said his whole fam­ily had been in­volved in.

“I've been around Nol­la­mara AFC since I was a kid be­cause my fa­ther, un­cles and cousins played for the club over many years,” he said.

“I have of­fi­cially been back in 2016 as a player and now head coach for 2018.

“It was al­ways a plan for me to one­day play for Nol­la­mara like my fam­ily mem­bers be­fore me.

“I re­mem­ber fondly help­ing out dad’s team by do­ing the bound­ary goal um­pir­ing and wa­ter boy as a kid be­fore I headed to the WAFL.”

Re­cruit­ing the likes of Wir­rpanda, Oak­ley-Ni­cholls, Kick­ett, Ca­ton, Blur­ton and Tay­lor to work with the club on and off the field, Head­land hopes their ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge of the game will bring pre­mier­ship suc­cess this sea­son.

“Jar­rad played ju­niors for Nol­la­mara , Ash­ley is a past pre­mier­ship player so it’s awe­some to have homegrown ta­lent give back to the lo­cal com­mu­nity clubs they are from,” he said.

“My­self and Dale have been back in­volved since 2016 and we are very lucky that we have close friends with Wirra, Kevin and Garth who have seen what the club does for our wider com­mu­nity and are hap­pily ex­cited to share there knowl­edge and help the club mov­ing for­ward.

“Af­ter back-to-back pre­mier­ships in 2015-2016 we had a good year and played fi­nals footy in 2017, but ended up los­ing in the first round to the even­tual pre­miers.

“Af­ter see­ing how good the comp was last year, I think 2018 is go­ing to be a tough sea­son.”

Head­land said the club was still tak­ing on play­ers for the 2018 sea­son with train­ing ev­ery Tues­day and Thurs­day from 6.15pm.

The WAAFC 2018 sea­son kicks off in April.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d478492

For­mer AFL play­ers Dale Kick­ett, Des Head­land and Garth Tay­lor with as­sis­tant coach Kelvin Simp­son.

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