New coach to head Sea Ea­gles

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

AUSSIE RULES

BRETT Laskey will be the new coach leading the Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles in their 2014 sea­son.

Laskey re­lo­cated to the Whit­sun­days from Tas­ma­nia last Thurs­day, and held his first train­ing ses­sion with the side at the Whit­sun­day Sports Park on Tues­day night.

He is re­unit­ing with his son, se­nior Sea Ea­gles player Matt Laskey, and will take over from last year’s coach Troy Weller.

Laskey gained much of his coach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence when he was an as­sis­tant coach to for­mer Syd­ney Swan Paul Atkins at the North Launce­s­ton Foot­ball Club in the Tasma- nian State League in 2010.

His job there was de­cod­ing the op­po­si­tion, which is a skill he be­lieves will come in handy in his quest to take the Sea Ea­gles to the fi­nals this year.

He said there was plenty of enthusiasm in the side and was look­ing for­ward to do­ing things a lit­tle dif­fer­ently with a free-flow­ing game plan.

“As a coach it’s good to make the fi­nals but we want to have a fair dinkum shot at the pre­mier­ship,” he said.

“I take de­feat well but I love suc­cess and we have a great core group so I think we will do well.”

Laskey said the whole club was get­ting be­hind the side and spoke highly of the tire- less ef­forts of new club pres­i­dent Daniel Fletcher.

“We are com­ing in as the un­der­dogs in the com­pe­ti­tion and we will def­i­nitely be us­ing that to our ad­van­tage,” he said.

“I think if you can be the most dis­ci­plined side in the com­pe­ti­tion and the best run­ning side, you will be hard to beat.”

The Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles train ev­ery Tues­day and Thurs­day at the Whit­sun­day Sports Park from 6pm.

All past, present and prospec­tive train­ing are en­cour­aged to at­tend train­ing.

The first game of the 2014 sea­son will be held on May 5.

FRESH START: New coach of the Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles Brett Laskey (right) has re­united with his son Matt Laskey (left), and will lead the team for 2014.

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