CHFA. A new coach and a rekindled sense of desire sees the Scotchtown Tigers’ senior side eager to put last year’s fifth-place finish behind them.
Former Smithton Saints player Brent Burgess has entered the club to take on the role as senior coach, while Kieren Baldock and U/17s coach Kodie Williams will assist as vice-captains for the 2014 season.
With strong numbers at training and solid performances in the recent lightning premiership, Burgess said the challenge of taking a lead role at the club appealed to him.
“It’s been really enjoyable so far; a perfect fit [for me],” he said. “It’ll be a good opportunity this year to start from scratch with the team.”
The club has witnessed an invigorating boost of enthusiasm in training in pre-season, with over 30 players attending sessions through the week.
So strong was the response from players that the club has already been able to hold two intra-club practice matches in the lead up to the 2014 season.
“They’re coming to training and getting around each other – they can see the improvement and it’s bringing a good vibe around the club,” Burgess said.
“Fitness has been the main focus, and having the numbers at training means we can work on game plans.”
While emphasising a positive culture both on and off the field, Burgess expects his new club to work on the basics so the long-term benefits would pay off in years to come.
“I want us to be competitive every week, the win/loss record is irrelevant to me,” he said.
“It’s not about the result – that’ll take care of itself if we work hard.”