Help­ing ju­niors Kerr’s re­ward

The Cobram Courier - - SPORT -

Co­bram ju­nior coach Ja­son Kerr was awarded youth coach of the year at the 30th Goul­burn Mur­ray Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion din­ner at the week­end.

Hosted at Co­bram Ba­rooga Golf Club, the an­nual event recog­nises and awards coaches in all age groups across all leagues in the re­gion.

With Peter ‘‘Crack­ers’’ Keenan as the key note speaker, a packed house helped the func­tion live up to its rep­u­ta­tion as a huge cel­e­bra­tion of lo­cal sport.

After fin­ish­ing his play­ing ca­reer in 2004 and tak­ing on the se­nior coach­ing role, club stal­wart Kerr took the reins of the un­der-17 team in 2015.

A mod­est Kerr said the award was a ter­rific hon­our, but watch­ing ju­nior play­ers rise through the ranks of the club was the big­gest re­ward.

‘‘I’ve played footy all my life and I wanted to do more than just sit on the side­lines and watch,’’ he said.

‘‘I de­cided to get out there and try to make a dif­fer­ence.

‘‘It’s a pretty good feel­ing to see some­one I coached as a young player progress to se­nior lev­els of our club and be­yond.’’

Kerr said he had en­joyed his time as ju­nior coach, de­spite not tast­ing vic­tory in a grand fi­nal.

‘‘We’ve played in two grand fi­nals and a pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal and lost them all, but I’m keen to stay on and hope­fully that will change,’’ he said.

‘‘Ju­nior coach­ing has its chal­lenges. Mak­ing sure the kids en­joy play­ing and mak­ing sure ev­ery­one gets enough game time is some­thing you al­ways have to con­sider.

‘‘But the fan­tas­tic help I get and the great bunch of kids I’ve worked with over the years has made my job easy.’’

De­vel­op­ing young­sters: Ja­son Kerr ac­cepts the Mur­ray Foot­ball League youth coach of the year award from Peter Keenan.

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