Coach keen to go all the way

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - SPORT - Sam Gibbs

Matthew Tem­ple­ton has been an­nounced as the new coach for the Wa­roona Demons and hopes to bring the club back to fa­mil­iar ter­ri­tory at the top of the league.

The an­nounce­ment comes as some­thing of a re­turn home for Tem­ple­ton, hav­ing both coached and played for the Demons re­serve squad be­fore leav­ing the club to take Pin­jarra’s league squad to a 2013 premier­ship.

Tem­ple­ton said he was keen to take Wa­roona back to what he be­lieves is their right­ful place at the top of the lad­der.

“This sea­son was prob­a­bly their first poor year in 15 years,” Tem­ple­ton said.

“They had a tough 12 months and I want to help bring them back.

“I’m feel­ing con­fi­dent, I think we’ll bounce back pretty quick, we’ve got some good play­ers com­ing in.”

Brim­ming with con­fi­dence, Tem­ple­ton said he wanted to take the team all the way to the premier­ship flag, or as close as pos­si­ble.

“I’m go­ing to do my best to take them as high as pos­si­ble,” Tem­ple­ton said.

“My goal is that ev­ery step we take is to­wards get­ting the premier­ship in 2019.

“We’re go­ing to have a fair crack at be­ing the best.”

Tem­ple­ton is look­ing to bring some new names to the team and has al­ready re­cruited for­mer Wa­roona play­ers Ryan McKin­ley, Eli Smith and Rhys Anzellino.

The trio left Wa­roona to join Tem­ple­ton at Har­vey-Brunswick-Leschenault and have now fol­lowed their coach back to the Demons.

Tem­ple­ton said his re­turn to the club was part of mak­ing sure he was coach­ing foot­ball for en­joy­ment first.

Of all the teams he has played for, Tem­ple­ton said Wa­roona was his favourite, par­tic­u­larly for the cul­ture and the peo­ple.

“I’ll be get­ting them to play my brand of footy – high pos­ses­sion and deny­ing the op­po­si­tion pos­ses­sion of the ball.”

Train­ing will start in mid Jan­uary and Tem­ple­ton is still on the hunt for a few more play­ers.

“Any­one who wants to come down and have a kick with a suc­cess­ful footy club is wel­come to join,” Tem­ple­ton said.

New Wa­roona Demons league coach Matthew Tem­ple­ton hopes to take the Dees back to their right­ful place at the top of the lad­der.

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