Joint coaches for Bears

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies - BY ROBERT MUIR

Reign­ing best and fairest Tungamah foot­baller Bodhi Butts and past Bears’s best and fairest, and grand-fi­nal coach David Pu­ta­morsi have been ap­pointed co-coaches of Tungamah for sea­son 2019.

“It’s great to have Bodhi and David as our se­nior coaches for sea­son 2019,” Tungamah Foot­ball Net­ball Club Pres­i­dent Troy Costi­gan told the Yar­ra­wonga Chron­i­cle.

“We’re so pleased to re­tain our best and fairest player ‘Buttsy’ and to get ‘Puta’ back into the club – he has a great fam­ily and good footy brain.”

Pu­ta­morsi, 48, was play­ing coach of Tungamah for four years, from 2004 to 2007. Af­ter an in­glo­ri­ous first sea­son by the side, the dy­namic rover led the Bears to a grand-fi­nal and into the fi­nals the fol­low­ing two years.

A former best and fairest win­ner at Tungamah, in 2004, he has an ex­ten­sive play­ing and coach­ing back­ground start­ing with ju­nior foot­ball in Mel­bourne, Un­der 19s and Reserves for Mel­bourne, Prahran in the VFA, play­ing in the 1992 Rochester pre­mier­ship and lead­ing Euroa to a grand-fi­nal among his many achieve­ments.

“It’s ex­cit­ing,” Pu­ta­morsi, a gar­dener, who lives in Euroa, said of his ap­point­ment as co­coach. “I know a lot of peo­ple in­volved in the club from when I was coach. It’s just a fan­tas­tic club.”

Butts, 25, will be aim­ing to play 100 games for the Bears when he jointly takes the reigns as se­nior coach next sea­son.

Pre­vi­ously as­sis­tant coach un­der Nick Doyle Butts said he is look­ing for­ward to coach­ing along­side Pu­ta­morsi.

“It will be great. Dur­ing the week I can talk to the boys one on one and on Satur­day I will be able to con­cen­trate more on my foot­ball and Puta will han­dle all the coach­ing from the side. It will work well.”

Butts, a pre­mier­ship player and cap­tain for the Bears, said he is keen to see the team “step up” to Mur­ray League foot­ball next sea­son.

“We are look­ing for a full com­mit­ment from the boys and look for­ward to the sea­son,” he said.

The two names to com­bine coach­ing on-field and off-field will be well re­ceived by Tungamah play­ers and sup­port­ers.

Tungamah’s joint coaches from last sea­son, Jeremy O’Brien and Craig Whin­ray, have stepped down.

“Jeremy coached for four years, is a pre­mier­ship coach and did a great job,” Mr Costi­gan said. “Craig coached for one year and did a very good job. The club thanks both Jeremy and Craig for their ef­forts.”

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