Coaches in 2013
Cardiff - Brendan Bailey has stepped aside and taken up a position on the committee and elected President of the Hawks for 2013. Cameron Clarke appointed as Football Manager - the Hawks have yet to announce a coach for 2013.
Kilarney Vale - Tod Clarke is not expected to be taking the Head Coaching role at the Bombers in 2013 and the Bombers are expected to announce a new coach very soon. It will not be Mark McVeigh!
Lake Macquarie - David Beachamp has agreed to continue in the Head Coach role for the Dockers in 2013. A more committed and disciplined effort from the playing group with Beauchamps structures and game plan will see "Beachy" help the Dockers improve on their ladder position in 2013. The Dockers have approached the League with a desire to enter three teams in Premier, First and Second Division in 2013.
Maitland - Looking to appoint a well credentialed and experienced Head Coach in 2013 to take over from inception apointees Steve Mitchell and Mark Curran. The Saints are looking for a coach who can provide a culture and structure incorporating their Junior and Senior Clubs and build on their success in 2012. The Saints have approached the league wishing to nominate two teams in First and Second Division in 2013.
NCCUA - Peter Hampshire has retired from Umpiring and will not be seeking re-appointment for 2013. To date the AFL Hunter Coast are conducting dialogue with two well credentialed umpires ( one local and one from AFL Sydney ) to consider nominating for the role of Umpires Coach for 2013.
Nelson Bay - no news from the Marlins to date but expectations are that David Ross would be keen to continue and get the Marlins over the line for success in First Division in season 2013.
Newcastle City - Fourth coach appointed at City in four years as Luke Rawnsley will step aside for Craig Hewatt to take over as Head Coach in 2013. Hewatt is a decorated past player with Newcastle City and assisted Rawnsley in 2012 as First Division Coach.
Singleton - First Division Premiership winning Coach Tim Hare has stepped aside for 2013 taking on a role with the committee as Coach's Development. The Roosters are quietly confident of a quality appointment for 2013 with plenty of interest being fielded by the club for the Head Coach's role as they seek promotion on the back of their Premiership in 2012 into Premier Division for 2013.
Terrigal Avoca - Premier Division Premiership winning Coach Chris Bishop is to continue at the Panther's in 2013 and looking to appoint Assistant Coaches for First and Second Division teams as the Panther's anticipate entering three teams in the AFL Hunter Coast in 2013.
Warner's Bay - no news from the "kennel" at the moment on the coaching front. If the Doggies can get a couple of experienced and mature bodies and a good "brains trust" around the young playing group they fielded in Premier Division in 2012 then the future at Warners Bay looks promising and they should press hard for a finals spot in 2013 causing headaches for more fancied opposition along the way.
Wyong - No news from the Magpies to date. Showed glimpses of form in 2012 but inconsistent from week to week. Will be looking to press hard for a Grand Final spot in Division 1 for 2013.