Clubs lock in 2020 coaches

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY COLIN MACGILLIVR­AY

While the Horsham Dis­trict and Wim­mera Foot­ball League sea­sons still have weeks of fi­nals ahead, sev­eral teams have kept an eye on next sea­son by lock­ing in their coaches.

Har­row-bal­moral will re­tain play­ing coach Nick Pekin for the 2020 sea­son.

Pekin has en­hanced his rep­u­ta­tion as one of the best play­ers in the re­gion since cross­ing to the Roos in 2017, coach­ing the side to a pre­mier­ship and win­ning the Dis­trict league’s Del­lar Medal last year.

The Roos have put the fin­ish­ing touches on an un­de­feated home and away cam­paign this year, with Pekin again in the thick of the ac­tion.

Ru­pa­nyup’s Jack Mus­grove is an­other to recom­mit to his po­si­tion, sign­ing on for a third year with the Pan­thers in 2020.

While Ru­pa­nyup found it­self well back in the fi­nals race in an in­jury-plagued year, the team showed it could mix it with up­per-ech­e­lon sides in wins against Swifts and Jeparit-rain­bow and a com­pet­i­tive per­for­mance against Eden­hope-ap­s­ley.

A third Horsham Dis­trict coach al­ready locked up for next year is No­rad­juha-quan­tong’s Gareth Hose, who signed a two-year ex­ten­sion be­fore the start of this sea­son.

Hose has led a re­ju­ve­na­tion of the Bombers’ list, blood­ing sev­eral young play­ers and guid­ing the team to its first fi­nals berth since 2011.

Wim­mera league team Nhill will be hop­ing new coach Jaye Macum­ber can have a sim­i­lar ef­fect when he takes the reins next sea­son.

Macum­ber is highly re­spected as a coach, hav­ing guided Minyip-mur­toa to a grand fi­nal berth in 2016 and served as a de­vel­op­ment coach for the West­ern Bull­dogs’ Next Gen­er­a­tion Academy.

Macum­ber will take over from Tim Bone, who has helmed the Tigers for the past two sea­sons.

Pimpinio will also be led by a fresh face, with Chris Walsh in­her­it­ing the top job from Liam Jakobi.

Jakobi will con­tinue as a player and as­sis­tant coach but will be able to fo­cus more on his play­ing com­mit­ments.

Both Nhill and Pimpinio will be hop­ing Macum­ber and Walsh can lead them to fi­nals in their re­spec­tive leagues af­ter many years on the out­side look­ing in.

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