Sheedy still on the ball

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Bryce Luff

HE is known as one of the great pro­mot­ers of Aus­tralia’s game and de­spite end­ing his ten­ure as a coach four years ago, Kevin Sheedy re­mains a pop­u­lar foot­balling fig­ure, even in WA.

That was un­der­lined dur­ing a re­cent ap­pear­ance by the master coach to pro­mote Kevin Sheedy: The Il­lus­trated Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy.

Among the scores who queued last Mon­day to get their copy signed was Riverton’s Jim Hurst, a for­mer premier­ship-win­ning team man­ager with WAFL club East Fre­man­tle.

Hurst also spent a year in the same role with the West Coast Ea­gles dur­ing their in­au­gu­ral sea­son in 1987.

He went on to work with South Fre­man­tle’s de­vel­op­ment squad, tak­ing tal­ented teens to Mel­bourne dur­ing the ’90s and 2000s.

De­spite mix­ing it with many per­son­al­i­ties in the in­dus­try he said Sheedy was eas­ily one of his favourite foot­balling iden­ti­ties.

“He’s just a great man,” Hurst said of the seven-time premier­ship player and coach.

“He says he’s go­ing to do some­thing and he does it.

“He was al­ways en­cour­ag­ing and happy, in­ter­ested in what the play­ers were do­ing and wished them good luck.”

Sheedy’s book fea­tures more than 300 pho­to­graphs, cov­ers the ebbs and flows of the past five decades and of­fers his thoughts on the game as it stands now. It is filled with con­tri­bu­tions from Mark Thomp­son, Ron Barassi, Dennis Lillee, Greg Chap­pell and other sport­ing iden­ti­ties.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son d476243

Riverton res­i­dent Jim Hurst with Kevin Sheedy.

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