The South Eastern Times : October 23rd 2014
30 SPORT Saints look for improvement Development of juniors key to success H 30 SPORT 30 SPORT SPORT Saints look for improvement Deve PORT Saints look for improvement Development of juniors key to success H J.L. J.L. “FRED” firstname.lastname@example.org THE leaders of the Millicent Football Netball Club have definite goals for 2015 with development of juniors uppermost in their minds. Respected senior player Steve Duldig has been appointed to oversee the Saints for the coming two seasons. Duldig, 35, has been a devoted clubman throughout his senior career and clocked up 250 games in a red/black and white jumper mid-way through 2014. He faces a major challenge with the Saints finishing at the foot of the table this season. Well-experienced in representative football, Duldig is no stranger to a leadership role as he is a past Millicent and Western Border captain and was previously the Millicent playing coach in 2008 and 2009. Duldig said his prior experience at the helm would be invaluable as the club set about rebuilding. “I know that I will need good off-field support,” Duldig said. “My bench coach will be former coach Darren Dean. “These means I will not have to put all my energies into game-day stuff. “In all my time at Millicent, this is the best group of kids we have had coming through. “This gives us a good foundation for the future.” Duldig anticipates pre-season training will get underway in about a month and he will be enlisting the assistance of some local fitness specialists. Fellow veterans such as Cameron Haggett and Nat Robbins will support Duldig in the on-field leadership role and the recruiting committee was already active. “We are aiming for improvement next season and playing finals would be a bonus,” Duldig said. His views were endorsed by Mike Reilly who chairs the football subcommittee. “It sounds like a bit of a cliché but the 2014 season was not about the scoreboard,” Reilly said. “Under ‘Adders’ (coach Andrew Robinson), we gave eight juniors time in A grade last season. “He played a big part in the development of the juniors. “The club thanks ‘Adders’ for his efforts over the past two seasons and we look forward to his continued involvement with the Saints.” Reilly said Millicent should be in a position within a season or two of having as many as 10 18-year-old players with about 50 games under their belts. He said there was improvement over the course of 2014 with the Saints achieving a breakthrough win in the last minor round game over eventual grand finalists West Gambier. “We have a solid core of veterans in Duldig, Robbins and Haggett on which to build the playing group,” Reilly said. “Mitch Reilly is returning to the club after two seasons at Tantanoola while Tom Hutchesson is coming home from Adelaide. “The recruiting committee has spoken to many other potential players but none have yet committed to be with us in 2015.” One the best performers for Millicent in 2014 was teen Mason Redman but Reilly expects the Saints will see little of the Western Border and Murray South East zone team representative in 2015. “Mason will be doing his Year 12 studies in Adelaide and will again be having a run with SANFL zone club Glenelg,” he said. “He might be able to play a few games for us during the holiday periods. “Likewise, we expect Hamish Nitschke will again be committed to his college and Glenelg as he will be continuing with his studies in Adelaide.” Millicent Football Netball Club president Mr Craig Tunkin said the club was pleased to appoint someone of Duldig’s character and leadership qualities to the coaching role. “We are looking to reproduce a level of success and consistency in our onfield performances,” Mr Tunkin said. “The club likens our goal of improvement to a marathon rather than a sprint.” He said there was a positive tone around the club due to the recent success of the netballers and two of the underage football teams. “There have been significant facility upgrades at McLaughlin Park and we successfully hosted the Western Border grand finals,” Mr Tunkin said. “The rearrangement of the junior age levels has worked well and there is now only a two year age spread. “We are now seeing good numbers of juniors coming through. “The finances of the Millicent Football Netball Club are sound across the board.” Millicent basketball carnival to attract 2000 people to town From back page “The tournament is very good as it gives our players the opportunity to compete in their own stadium and sleep in their own beds.” The Millicent basketball sides go to at least seven other basketball events during the year and the advantage of being in their own town is bitter-sweet. The local competition is just one of the events on the map for the town team basketball season. Millicent travelled to Murray Bridge recently with six sides for the basketball season starter. “The results were satisfactory with four teams making grand finals and two winning,” Seebohm said. “These being Division 2 Under 14 boys and Under 16 boys, with the Under 18 and 12 girls both experience and developing players, so by the end of the season they should be pretty solid.” The Millicent tournament generally draws a number of high quality metro teams from Adelaide. However, this year there is none competing in the two day competition. MILLICENT’S DIVISION 2 UNDER 14 BOYS (from left): Jenny Herbert (coach), Mason Galwey, Sebastian Horand, Jack Wilson, Mitchell Varcoe, Jayden Poulish, Connall Schultz, Joel Dent, James Lucas, Jamie Cooper (assist coach), Sonya Galwey (manager) won the Murray Bridge Basketball Tournament recently. losing their grand finals.” Although Seebohm’s sides did not make the finals in the first competition, he was hoping to see 30 - The South Eastern Times, Thursday, October 23, 2014 some development on their home court this weekend. “Under 14 girls are very young, but have a really good talent pool, but they need to play more tournaments to see how they will go,” he said. “The Under 16 girls have some Seebohm said although there is none in attendance this year, he hopes they will face the talented sides next year or later in the season. “You always want to play against teams that play in a stronger competition regularly, as they are more disciplined normally,” he said. Millicent sides will travel to Warrnambool next weekend and to Mount Gambier a few weeks later to continue their town team basketball season. www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au FIRM GOALS: The Millicent Football Netball Club will be looking to football committee chairman Mike Reilly, new coach Steve Duldig and president Craig Tunkin to revive the fortunes of the Saints in 2015.
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