A NUMBER of local football coaches have been nominated for awards at the 30th annual Goulburn Murray Coaches Association dinner.
VFL premiership player and 213-game veteran Peter ‘Crackers’ Keenan will be the official guest speaker at the dinner to be held in Cobram on Sunday, October 1.
The event recognises the best coaches across the Goulburn Murray region, with Echuca United’s under 12 coach Daryl Poole and Echuca senior women’s coach Mick McInnes nominated for junior coach of the year and senior coach of the year respectively.
McInnes, who took the Murray Bombers to the finals in their first season in the Northern Country Women’s League after coaching at Echuca United, Mathoura, Rochester and in the TAC Cup, said he was honoured to be nominated.
“It (the nomination) means a great deal to me, not just for this year but for all my other seasons too, it’s great to finally be recognised,” McInnes said.
“I took the job because it was a challenge, a different sort of challenge because so few of the players had played before.”
Leitchville-Gunbower’s Kurt Brereton was nominated for the youth coach of the year (under 13 to 18), Tongala’s Stephen Townsend also for Auskick Centre of the year.
“There are a lot of coaches out there that go unrewarded for what they do for football and this night recognises the time and effort and the wonderful leadership that our coaches give to the game,” AFL Goulburn Murray football development manager Greg Liddell said.
“Coaching is such a critical part of football and the move we can do to guide and assist coaches in their roles, the more our players will benefit.”
Guest speaker Keenan is described by Liddell as an ornament to the game, after leading a colourful career with Melbourne, North Melbourne and Essendon before ending his professional career back at Melbourne.