Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - 2017 PERTH DEMONS -

FOOT­BALL is in Dale Bal­lan­tyne’s blood.

Af­ter more than five years as Water Polo WA chief ex­ec­u­tive, Bal­lan­tyne has joined the Perth Demons as the foot­ball of­fi­cer.

He pre­vi­ously had roles with the WA Foot­ball Com­mis­sion as the coun­try de­vel­op­ment man­ager and de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer and played 64 games for Clare­mont from 1989 to 1995.

Bal­lan­tyne said af­ter a de­sire to get back into foot­ball last year, he joined the Demons’ board in Novem­ber.

“Marty Atkins asked me if I was in­ter­ested in the role and so I took it on. I only re­signed and then fin­ished up at Water Polo WA at the end of Fe­bru­ary,” he said.

“It’s been a pretty hec­tic few weeks as we pre­pare for our first game.”

Bal­lan­tyne said the role as foot­ball op­er­a­tions man­ager meant work­ing with a num­ber of peo­ple in the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“It’s about list man­age­ment, pre­par­ing train­ing, get­ting run­ners into place on game day, work­ing with strength, med­i­cal and physio staff and player wel­fare,” he said.

“You try to make sure the job of the coaches is made eas­ier but it’s def­i­nitely a var­ied job.”

Bal­lan­tyne said the Demons’ list was in quite good shape ahead of the start of the sea­son.

“We’ve got a cou­ple of guys with knee in­juries but the list is slowly get­ting back to full strength,” he said.

“It’s a young list though. Our cap­tain Clint Jones is the old­est player at 33 but our colts and de­vel­op­ment sides have had some suc­cess­ful sea­sons re­cently, so you could see 10 to 15 of them in the se­nior side. d466496

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt

The Demons’ new foot­ball of­fi­cer Dale Bal­lan­tyne.

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