Shepparton News

Robinson downs axe for more family time

- By Meg Saultry

Mathoura will have a new senior coach next year.

Darcy Robinson has stepped down from the role citing a desire to spend more time with family after four seasons in the top job.

Robinson said discussion­s began earlier this season as he started to reevaluate his priorities moving forward.

“I said ‘a fresh face and new voice would be a wise move for the footy club to make’,” Robinson said.

“As the years have gone on, my family has become more important than anything and I need to step back and enjoy some family time.

"It’s probably now time to follow the kids around a little bit.

“My partner, Liv, she’s been my rock and been fantastic in allowing me to do what I have in the last fivesix years. I couldn’t thank her and our kids enough.”

Mathoura president Andrew Pridham said the club was sad to lose Robinson as its coach, but understood his reasons to step aside.

‘‘It’s a big job to take on, a lot of time and effort,” Pridham said.

‘‘We’ve been more than happy with the job Darcy’s done; we were bottom of the ladder and getting f logged by 180 points every week, to this year knocking off Strathmert­on and Katamatite.

‘‘We would have loved him to go again. We can’t thank him enough with where he has taken the club.’’

Robinson said he felt confident

leaving the group in the position it was in now.

“From where the club was to where it is now, it’s been an amazing four years,” he said.

“Obviously some really tough years at the footy club, but it only makes it more enjoyable as you take steps forward to become more successful, which we were doing.

“In my time at the club, our best pre-season was 2020; we were unbelievab­ly fit, we’d had a really good response from not only senior footballer­s, but the whole club.

“To have it pulled from underneath you before round one, it made that stagnant feeling within the group.

‘‘But we had a really good group around us and a really good committee that made my job easier.

‘‘They knew where they wanted to get to and had a goal.’’

As for what he is most proud of during his tenure, Robinson said there were two types of moments that stood out the most.

‘‘For the club not playing finals for 10 years and to get back into playing finals in 2019 was fantastic and it was looking that way again this year,” he said.

‘‘And you can talk about all the success on-field, but one of my proudest moments was to reward a guy with his first senior game, whether that is an under-17 guy coming up or a new guy stepping into the club.’’

Robinson thanked his assistant coach Rory Priddle for all his work and support.

Mathoura is expected to announce its new senior coach in the coming days.

 ?? ?? Dad duties: Darcy Robinson celebrates a win with his son in 2019.
Dad duties: Darcy Robinson celebrates a win with his son in 2019.

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