Wake­field ready for Ga­tors

Tablelands Advertiser - - SPORT - Bec Singh

NEW Gla­di­a­tors coach Matt Wake­field is ea­ger for the sea­son ahead and is look­ing for­ward to his life in Far North Queens­land.

Mov­ing up from Coffs Har­bour in NSW, Wake­field said the big­gest chal­lenge will ad­just­ing to the cli­mate.

“The big­gest dan­ger will be the hu­mid­ity and get­ting used to play­ing in this heat,” he said.

“I have played in ru­ral towns be­fore where it has been very hot but noth­ing com­pared to the weather here.

“It is some­thing to adapt to while play­ing, it will be char­ac­ter build­ing.”

While coach­ing the Ga­tors, Wake­field is look­ing for­ward to ex­plor­ing Far North Queens­land with his fam­ily.

“I can’t wait to see the reef, a salt­wa­ter croc, the is­lands and jel­ly­fish,” he said.

“We have never been this far North, the turn off to Noosa is the fur­thest we have got­ten.

“How­ever, I am look­ing for­ward to ex­plore Ma­reeba and the Table­lands.”

Ex­cit­ing times lay ahead for the Ga­tors with Wake­field bring­ing a fresh per­spec­tive for the club who will be aim­ing high for 2018.

“I not only want to bet­ter my­self as a coach and player but work on mak­ing Ma­reeba a bet­ter side,” he said.

“It’s a chance as a de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer to help the ju­niors progress their skills to en­able fresh ta­lent to come through and to make the Gla­di­a­tors a force.”

Fi­nals are not the only fo­cus for Wake­field, he said he wants to make a real im­pact at the Ga­tors.

“I want ev­ery­one to bet­ter them­selves and to progress and for ev­ery­one to bond to­gether as a team and con­nect. I couldn’t have asked to move to a bet­ter club,” he said.

Ga­tors fans should get their vo­cal cords warmed up and get their gear out of the wardrobe for the first train­ing ses­sion on Novem­ber 14 at 6.30pm Davies Park. To com­ment on this story: ed­i­to­rial@table­land­news­pa­pers. com.au face­book.com/table­land­sad­ver­tiser

Pic­ture: Sup­plied

Amy Thorpe (left) is help­ing her daugh­ter Jas­mine to learn to swim along with Jess Breedin (mid­dle) and her two kids Mac and Frayer with the ex­pert help of Margie Thorpe (right).

Gla­di­a­tors coach Matt Wake­field is ready for the 2018 sea­son.

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