New coach has big am­bi­tions

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Driveway - By SO­PHIE GABRIELLE

AS­SO­CIATES Rugby Union Foot­ball Club’s new ju­nior academy coach Ross Tolmie will work on bet­ter link­ing the ju­nior and se­nior teams dur­ing his time as coach.

Pre-sea­son train­ing for un­der-12s to un­der-17s started late last month and runs from 5pm to 6.15pm.

Tolmie said he wanted to im­ple­ment a suc­ces­sion plan at the club to make is eas­ier for play­ers to pro­ceed from ju­nior to se­nior teams.

“Then we can get drills and skills of a higher stan­dard ear­lier on,” he said.

“The num­bers are cur­rently in the high teens, not up to twen­ties yet.

“We are aim­ing to get as many as pos­si­ble.”

Tolmie has been a mem­ber of Soaks since 2004 when he joined as an un­der-13.

He has coached the ju­niors since 2008 when he started with un­der-7s and last year, while coach­ing un­der-17s he ob­tained his Level 2 coach­ing badge.

Tolmie will con­tinue play­ing this year, coach­ing the teams at Bri­tan­nia Re­serve in Leed­erville on Satur­day morn­ing and then play­ing his games in the af­ter­noon.

“I’m hop­ing to stay on for next year and a few more years as well,” Tolmie said.

Ju­nior reg­is­tra­tions open on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 14.

Pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson­mu­ni­ d432569

New ju­nior academy coach Ross Tolmie puts some of his young charges through their paces.

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