Roberts signs with Kees

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY COLIN MACGILLIVR­AY

De­part­ing Hor­sham coach Deek Roberts will re­turn to the Hor­sham Dis­trict Foot­ball Net­ball League next sea­son with Kal­kee.

Roberts is a two-time Dis­trict league best and fairest and for­mer coach of Tay­lors Lake.

He joined Hor­sham in the Wim­mera Foot­ball League as an as­sis­tant coach in 2017 be­fore tak­ing over head coach­ing du­ties for the past two sea­sons.

Roberts said fam­ily con­nec­tions at Kal­kee and a chance to take a break from coach­ing were mo­ti­vat­ing fac­tors be­hind his move.

“I wanted a bit of a change with my footy to see if I could get back to en­joy­ing it a bit more,” he said.

“I had three years in the Wim­mera league and I loved Hor­sham, but I just wanted a change and I wanted to see if I could ex­tend my ca­reer a lit­tle bit.

“It was ob­vi­ously a very tough de­ci­sion and I thought about it for a good month be­fore I made the call.

“I’d like to thank ev­ery­one at Hor­sham and hope­fully I’m leav­ing on good terms with no hard feel­ings.”

Jor­dyn Burke and Rhona Con­boy will take over Roberts’ role as Hor­sham co-coaches.

Kal­kee coach Stu­art Farr said the club had also re­cruited for­mer Dim­boola and Hor­sham player An­drew Seers, with more sign­ings to be an­nounced ‘in the next few weeks’.

Farr said the in­clu­sion of Roberts and Seers would give the Kees’ mid­field a big boost.

“Ev­ery­one knows what player Deek is,” he said.

“He was in the Vic­to­ria Coun­try squad this year and he’s been in the top hand­ful of play­ers in the Wim­mera league.

“It’ll be great get­ting that ex­tra ex­pe­ri­ence and qual­ity and class in.

“‘Seersy’ is the same – I’ve been lucky enough to coach him in pre­mier­ships at Hor­sham and Dim­boola and he’ll def­i­nitely bol­ster the mid­field as well.”

Farr said the Kees were prim­ing them­selves for a po­ten­tial re­turn to fi­nals next sea­son.

“From the out­side look­ing in this year, you’d see we fin­ished sev­enth, but from se­cond to sev­enth there was noth­ing in it at all,” he said.

“We had some big wins and some or­di­nary losses, but se­cond to sev­enth you could prob­a­bly throw a blan­ket over. Touch wood we have an in­jury-free sea­son and we’ll see how the draw rolls out too.”

De­lahunty nom­i­nated

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other sort of

foot­ball news, Minyip-mur­toa coach John De­lahunty has been nom­i­nated for Se­nior Vic­to­rian Coach of the Year at the AFL Vic­to­ria Com­mu­nity Awards.

De­lahunty is one of four coaches across the state nom­i­nated for the award, along­side Din­g­ley’s Shane Mor­wood, Se­bastopol’s Leigh Hutchin­son and Heath­mere’s Leon Davis.

De­lahunty guided the Bur­ras to an un­de­feated Wim­mera league sea­son, cul­mi­nat­ing in a 25-point grand fi­nal vic­tory against the South­ern Mallee Gi­ants.

The Bur­ras re­cently an­nounced De­lahunty would coach the team again in 2020 as it pur­sues back-to­back flags.

Win­ners of AFL Vic­to­ria Com­mu­nity Awards will be an­nounced at a cer­e­mony on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 18.

FRESH FACES: New Kal­kee re­cruits Deek Roberts and An­drew Seers with coach Stu­art Farr. Pic­ture: PAUL CAR­RACHER

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