MATHOURA has finally sorted its senior coaching line-up for 2018.
Young duo Darcy Robinson and Jack Keogh will share the reins as the Timbercutters seek to bounce up the table after two disappointing seasons.
It’s a fresh approach from a club desperate to turn its on-field form around — two 24-year-olds from within the club taking over from departing coach Phil Hazelman and looking to start the side’s climb up the table.
Robinson said when other higher profile coaching arrangements fell through, he and his good mate felt an obligation to step up.
‘‘We didn’t want a coach who would just be there for the money,’’ he said.
‘‘Jack and I sat down and knew it was something we’ve always desired, and said we should do it.
‘‘The club said if we wanted to keep it within the club we’ll put our full support behind you. And we do feel the full support of the club and the town.’’
While both are young and inexperienced, Robinson was determined to show the appointment would work.
‘‘The best coach I’ve ever had was the youngest, and that’s about understanding and adapting. Older coaches can be set in their ways and not willing to change,’’ he said.
‘‘(Having two coaches) is about having another option, another view of things to see if we are doing something wrong.
‘‘We’ll be relying a fair bit on a strong leadership group, and as young coaches we will make mistakes, but that’s coaches of any age.’’
Mathoura’s seniors have won just four games in two years, but Robinson and Keogh remain fully invested.
‘‘Loyalty (keeps me around), and just the support we’ve had from the club has been amazing,’’ Robinson said.
‘‘They’ve backed us the whole way, and not one person yet has said to us we are too young.
‘‘(Jack) loves it, he absolutely adores the place. The vibe at the club is still great and with a new committee, new president, it’s exciting times.’’
Robinson said the duo would coach with set goals, and with an eye towards long-term success.
‘‘It goes back to the win-loss and we’ve had four wins in two years; that’s not acceptable from a senior football side’’ he said.
‘‘Over the years we’ve seen what’s happened at clubs like Echuca United, Moama and Echuca; Mathoura has always been seen as a lesser club but we want us to be seen in that same group.’’
Mathoura secretary Lori McCormick told the Deniliquin Pastoral Times the club was excited with the appointment
‘‘With both being 24 years-old, they (Keogh and Robinson) felt they needed to both take on the role and help each other out, so they applied for the role together,’’ she said.
‘‘They were already trying to recruit players before they were given the job so that helped us know they were determined to improve the club.’’
Sean Emery will coach the reserves with the Timbercutters still searching for an under 17s and 14s coach.
Kat Wippel will again coach A and B grade netball, Melyssa Banks to coach C and C reserve.