Farr joins Ex­ell at Kal­kee helm

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY DEAN LAW­SON

Highly dec­o­rated Wim­mera foot­ball player and coach Stu­art Farr has joined Hamish Ex­ell in a joint coach­ing role with Horsham District league club Kal­kee.

The mul­ti­ple premier­ship leader will take the non-play­ing reins on the side­lines for the Kees, while Ex­ell pro­vides on-field di­rec­tion.

Kees pres­i­dent Trevor Mcrae, in con­firm­ing the ap­point­ment, said the club had been in ne­go­ti­a­tions with Farr for the past 12 months.

“He’s happy to bring his fam­ily out to the club and be in­volved,” he said.

“He has a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence and will be great for Hamish and other guys who want to take on lead­er­ship roles.

“We have no doubt he will be a great men­tor in the coach­ing role.”

Farr rose through the ranks with Horsham in Wim­mera league, where he be­came a key player and then coach in a re­mark­able string of Demons pre­mier­ships.

He won statewide recog­ni­tion for his coach­ing prow­ess and then helped el­e­vate Dim­boola to a Wim­mera league flag win­ner.

It was at Dim­boola that he formed a coach­ing al­liance with Ex­ell.

Mr Mcrae said the club was con­fi­dent the Farr and Ex­ell com­bi­na­tion would rep­re­sent a suc­cess­ful fit for the Kees.

“Hamish had a tough job with in­juries rock­ing us through­out last sea­son and he did great job con­sid­er­ing the cir­cum­stances,” he said.

“He and Stu­art were at Dim­boola in part­ner­ship and were a big part of their suc­cess.

“So we’re hop­ing that in the com­ing months our club will get a lot from the ap­point­ment.”

Mr Mcrae said Kal­kee was also talk­ing to sev­eral po­ten­tial re­cruits and, when it came to as­sis­tant coaches, was leav­ing its op­tions open.

“Ob­vi­ously with the player points sys­tem in place we’d love to get some of our for­mer ju­niors back from the past 10 years,” he said.

“That is al­ways some­thing that’s on the radar. It’s all a work in progress.”

Pre-sea­son train­ing

Kal­kee started 6pm Mon­day and Wed­nes­day pre-sea­son train­ing at Horsham’s Sunnyside oval on Mon­day this week.

The play­ing group will train through to De­cem­ber be­fore a Christ­mas break and then re­sume in the new year.

Mr Mcrae said the club hoped to an­nounce fur­ther coach­ing ap­point­ments in net­ball as well as foot­ball in the next three to four weeks.

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