MULWALA TO RUN WITH THREE CHIEFS
MULWALA IS ROHAN FORWARD WITH A SENIOR COACHING PANEL OF DAVIES, BUTTS AND GASH
Mulwala Football Netball Club has announced a revamped threepronged coaching unit, with stalwarts Rohan Davies, Jackson Gash and Bodhi Butts taking over the reins at the Lions next year.
Three of Mulwala’s most accomplished players in recent times, the new set-up will have Butts and Gash continue to be key contributors on the field as playing coaches — while Davies will lead the team from the sidelines.
With injuries only allowing Davies to chalk up four senior games this season, he said he was thrilled to be able to begin a new chapter as a senior coach.
“I am rapt (to be the new senior coach) Mulwala is a great club that has a great following and great people involved,” Davies said.
“I was really set on taking up a senior coaching role for next year and after speaking to a few clubs it became clear I really didn’t want to leave Mulwala and the fact that they have offered me the role that they have I could not be happier.”
A football career that has taken him right across Victoria, Davies is best known for winning multiple Northern Football League bestand-fairests and leading Mernda to a division three premiership in 2012.
Taking more of an interest in coaching in recent years with roles at University FC and CorowaRutherglen, he decided the time was right to give playing away and focus solely on being a senior coach.
“I came up to Mulwala as a player with aspirations of moving into senior coaching and it was probably going to be in that playing role, but I found over the last couple of years with footy being a bit stop-start my body hasn’t been able to hold up,” he said.
“Being a playing coach you have to be performing on the field otherwise everything else falls away, so with that in mind I approached the club and said I am committed to being a non-playing coach and I feel I will get the best out of myself and the group if my full focus was on the coaching side of things and I am very happy with that decision.”
Forming part of what is a unique coaching set-up alongside Gash and Butts, Davies said he was excited to see what the trio could produce next year and beyond.
“I couldn’t be happier to be coaching alongside Jackson and Bodhi, not only are they great guys, but they are also two of the best players in the league, so to be able to work with them as a co-coach is unreal,” he said.
“Having played under them as assistant coaches this year, they really drive the standards for our group which transforms into them playing great footy — so as far us all coming together and coaching, me going into this off-field role allows them to still focus on their own games on match day.
“I am very confident in how this set-up is going to work and feel that we all offer something different which is really exciting for the club and what is coming next.”
After finishing third on the Murray Football League ladder with a record of 10-3, he said this year produced a large amount of positives the club could use to springboard into a successful season next year.
“Obviously the end of the year was frustrating for everyone, but the positives for us were we had a few games where we produced a style of footy that is so hard for an opposition to play against, we had some bad games as well, but when we put it all together we really were unstoppable and it gave the guys a really good look into where we can get to as I side if we bring that consistency,” he said.
“During the pre-season what I really want to drill into the guys is that our training and preparation standards need to be elite, so that by the time the season comes around we are going to be a really hard side to play against and if a team is going to beat us they need to be at the absolute top of their game.”