Moama re-appoints junior coaches

By Andrew Johnston

WITH the silly season comes the coaching merry-go round.

But for the Moama junior's, two key roles won't be changing in 2020.

The club formally announced inaugural youth girls coach Matt Mackay will remain charge for their second season in the competition.

The Magpies finished the season in fifth spot with a seven and four record, making it to the second week of the finals before losing to local rivals Echuca.

The club stated on their Facebook page there "might have been a riot" if Mackay hadn't returned for the new year.

Mackay said while he appreciated the faith of his players, it was the group's hard work which had delivered the club to a strong first season.

“I'm wrapped to be back in the role,” he said.

“It's definitely nice that the girls were so positive about me returning, but it doesn't happen if they weren't so committed to their football.

“The players were like sponges - they listened to everything I had to say, they did every drill as well as they could because they all desperately wanted to learn and to become better players. It lead to everyone in our group becoming great friends out of a desire to see each other succeed.”

Mackay said while his side had been excellent in 2019, they would be looking to get even better in 2020.

“There is a bit of work to do with conditioning and skills,” he said.

“We all need to improve physically to take that next step as players, but I have nothing but faith in how they will put the work in to get better.”

The club has also reappointed under 16s coach Shannon Keem.

Keem's side made it to the grand final after an 8-4 season, but fell short on grand final day.

The club also announced the appointments of Kirk Teasdale and Jason Anderson for the GCJFL under 12s, with Ady Dohnt to remain GCJFL under 10s coach.