Football. Scotchtown Football Club is preparing for a competitive Circular Head Football Association season as the club announces its coaching team.
The club was established in 1950, securing its first premiership title in the Reserves in 1954.
The Tigers have etched their name in the premiership cup several times throughout their almost seven decade history, however in recent years have struggled to find the glory.
“Unfortunately we haven’t tasted Seniors premiership success since 2004,” says committee member Todd Wilson.
“Which is the same year we lost our own clubrooms and the Circular Head Community and Recreation Centre was established.
“To some members this feels like it has been a bad omen for the club, feeling they have lost a part of their identity along with lost records and memorabilia amongst the move.”
The committee is working closely with its past players and Life Members as well as the Circular Head Community and Recreation Centre committee to make the facility feel more like the Tigers’ home, says Wilson.
During the off season, the club has been working tirelessly in preparation of the 2019 Circular Head Football Association competition.
The Tigers have confirmed an experienced leadership line-up of coaches.
A stalwart of the game, Jarrod Farrelly returns to the club to coach the Seniors side while Scotchtown powerhouse Kieren Baldock takes on the Reserves.
Farrelly lead the Tigers to their premiership title in 2004 as well as leading the Redpa Football Club to the same honour in 2000.
He started his coaching career in the late ’90s, where he coached Redpa before Scotchtown then on to Rennie in New South Wales.
Upon returning to the Apple Isle, Farrelly turned his attention to the Smithton Football Club before returning briefly to Scotchtown in ’09.
A decade on, he has high expectations for the 2019 season and while it may be early days, his focus is “to win more than we lose and try to win the big one at the end”.
“We’re going back to basics,” he says.
“Working with the younger group, I hope to mentor them as much as I can along with the existing senior group.”
In his debut season as a coach, Baldock says his focus will be on a strong pre-season and increasing the fitness of his playing group.
Starting his footy career with the Tigers at the age of six, Baldock has a long and proud history with the club, which he hopes will assist him throughout the season ahead.
As the club moves away from playing-coach positions, Wilson says he hopes this new approach will allow Farrelly and Baldock to focus on the job.
“[We] believe we have the perfect mix of youth and experience in the line up heading into the 2019 season,” he says.
The junior squads will be led by Kristopher ‘Bill’ Jenkins taking on the Under 10 side for a second year, Sam Brookes with the Under 14 team for a second time and co-coaches Mitchell Scolyer and Jamie Imer in the Under 17 role.
“The club is extremely proud of all its junior coaches, believing that the kids’ development for the future of local football is in great hands moving forward,” says Wilson.
Kate Imer, wife to Seniors player and the Under 17 co-coach, will represent the club as ambassador next season.
“I was drawn to the club through my family connection,” she says, with son Zak Ollington, 16, also strapping on the boots for the Tigers.
“It’s very family orientated and a very warm and welcoming club to be a part of.”
For more information on the upcoming season, chat to secretary Michele Keddie on 0419 538 313 or treasurer Gemma Jenkins on 0428 559 560.