Win­ning coach says off-field sup­port key to grand fi­nal suc­cess

South Western Times - - Sport - Justin Fris

Don­ny­brook Foot­ball Club coach Ju­lian Burgess be­lieves their on­field suc­cess in 2018 came down to solid sup­port from fam­ily and sup­port­ers off the field.

with the South Western Times mo­ments after the 39-point grand fi­nal vic­tory over Bun­bury, Burgess praised those who had stood shoul­der to shoul­der with the play­ers and coaches.

“My mum and dad came down from Perth along with my lit­tle niece,” he said. “Ob­vi­ously my fam­ily, my kids and all of the play­ers had their fam­i­lies here.

“That was the strength be­hind it all as well – not want­ing to dis­ap­point them and get away with the win.”

Burgess is op­ti­mistic that sucS­peak­ing cess in 2018 could en­tice more peo­ple to VC Mitchell Park next sea­son.

“We hope peo­ple get be­hind us next year and help the club,” he said.

“We are al­ways try­ing to get bet­ter on and off the field so if we can keep main­tain­ing that on-field suc­cess hope­fully the off-field stuff will start com­ing along as well.”

Off the field, the Dons are keen to se­cure suf­fi­cient fund­ing to be­gin the Chris Shee­han Pav­il­ion project, a ma­jor up­grade of the club’s fa­cil­i­ties.

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