FROM 8TH APRIL 2013
AT NORTHERN OVAL#2
MONDAY AND THURSDAY
NORTH BALLARAT EAGLES APPOINT NEW COACH
THERE’S a new man in the Eagles’ nest.
Brian Davidson has been appointed senior coach of North Ballarat’s Victorian Womens Football League team ahead of next season.
He replaces John Marshall, who remains at the club in an off-field role.
North Ballarat Eagles president Emma Kent said it was pleasing to appoint a new coach before Christmas.
“We put out feelers and we wanted to select someone prior to December in preparation for next season,” Kent said. “So in that regard we’re happy with the timing and looking forward to a full pre-season now.
“We selected Brian based on his football philosophy and values, which aligned with ours of teamwork, respect and integrity.
“His knowledge and experience is also invaluable for us given the breadth of different skill levels and experience in the playing group.”
Davidson, who coached Golden Point’s under-16.5 team last year, has more than two decades’ football coaching experience.
He was a premiership coach with Lake Wendouree’s under-18.5 team in 2002, as well as with Reservior-Lakeside in 1995.
The announcement was made ahead of the Eagles’ annual general meeting on December 17 at North Ballarat Sports Club.
In a promising result for the future of the club, two of the top three players at its 2012 best and fairest count were 19-year-olds. Half back Nicole Hildebrand, 19, won her first best and fairest award with the Eagles, with 31 votes.
Melanie McNarama, the other 19-year-old, finished second in the count with 18 votes, followed by Jess Handley (22) who finished with with 17 votes.
The North Ballarat Eagles are already recruiting new players and volunteers for the 2013 season. Female footballers can register their interest with the club via www.vwfl.org.au or at North Ballarat Sports Club on pH: 5339 5944.