ECHUCA WANTS TO CATCH FINALS FEVER
EVERY side at the Echuca Football Netball Club was a finalist in 2018. And the club hopes that is only the beginning. Echuca’s management team have finalised their coaching appointments for the 2019 season, as the club looks to push deeper into the finals this season.
Walker and Maddox had already been announced as returning to run the senior side, and Walker will still be part of the playing group.
He and Maddox will be joined by playing assistant coaches Ruory Kirkby and Kane Morris. Kirkby will return to the field after missing 2018 with a serious knee injury.
Under 18 premiership coach Leo Tenace will return to the role, hoping to take his group back to the top of the mountain again.
Troy Murphy will take the reins of the club’s development squad.
Maddox said the club’s early expectations were simply to be in a competitive position come finals.
‘‘We are hoping to finish as high up the ladder as we can,’’ he said.
‘‘For all of us 2018 was a ground breaking year after many seasons of missing finals, we showed we were a side who could hang with Kyabram and Shepparton and those sides, so this season it will be about continuing to get better and playing finals.’’
Fellow co-coach Andrew Walker wants to see the town involved in the club’s pre-season.
‘‘We are starting our pre-season training on December 7 at 7pm, and we want to see a crowd for our players,’’ he said.
‘‘It would be great to have Echuca supporters come out and get involved in our team as we prepare for the season. If people want to come out and have a run with us or train, we’re on board.
‘‘We want this football club to be open to our community, so everyone is welcome to come down to Vic Park and be a part of our football club.’’
While the group starts their season officially on that Friday night, the players are already in preparation.
‘‘We have them on individual programs at the moment, so they don’t have to be at the club but are still meeting the standards we expect of the club.’’
THE A TEAM: Echuca Football Club coaches for 2019 are, from left, Troy Murphy, Kane Morris, Simon Maddox, Andrew Walker and Leo Tenace. Photo: