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Nuri women gain
new A-grade coach
VIRGINIA has completed a massive
off-season coup, signing star Gawler
Central midfielder Danny Stanley ahead
of the 2018 Adelaide Plains football sea-
Stanley, a former Schluter medallist and
premiership player with the Tigers, will go
a long way to replacing departed Rams Ben
Russell and Tyson Panagiotou, who both
signed for South Gawler recently.
The move will reunite Stanley with for-
mer Gawler Central coach Damien Her-
zick, who has also signed on with Virginia
for 2018 -- the pair won a flag together with
the Tigers in 2014.
Virginia president Julie Platt said the
club is delighted to have Stanley on board
for the upcoming season.
"We're pretty excited about that one,"
"He's worked with Damien before, he's
known him for quite a while.
"I've heard a lot of great things about his
The loss is a further dent to Central's am-
bitions for the upcoming season, following
the departure of Sean Brading and the un-
certain future of club legend Clint Hill.
Brian takes the reins
NURIOOTPA Hockey Club's games re-
cord-holder, Brian Ivkovic, will coach the
club's A-Women side for the 2018 Barossa
Valley hockey season.
The 59-year-old, who has played over
450 games for Nuri, has previously guided
the club's A-Men side to multiple premier-
ships, including the first in its run of 10 (from
However, after years of involvement with
the B-Men side, Ivkovic said he's excited to
take on the challenge of leading the A-Wom-
"I've usually looked after the guys, and
that's been wonderful and I've probably
done everything I've needed to do with
them," he said.
"The past few years I've been coasting
along, and now it's time to put some energy
back in and help build, where it's needed."
Despite only taking the job before Christ-
mas, Ivkovic has already identified how the
side can improve.
"The first thing is to develop a stronger
unity within the group," he said.
"There seems to be a few groups that are
close together; the younger group, the mid-
range and the older girls.
"They each don't seem to interact with
"That's understandable, but for a team to
be stronger and united, I want them all to be
at the same level as far as feeling comfort-
able with each other.
"We've got to break down those barriers."
He also pointed out some on-field areas to
"We need to work on a couple of key
elements; our ball-holding and distribu-
tion has been poor, I believe, and we need
to work on that so we have more control,"
"The strength over the ball, the girls, I
don't think, have the ability to hold the ball
very well at the moment, and when they feel
threatened they cough it up pretty easily, so
I'm going to try to help that."
The new coach added he'd be placing a
strong emphasis on being a "team".
"There's no standouts and anyone that
tries to stick their head up, all that they'll be
doing is setting a bar for the others to move
to," Ivkovic said.
"There won't be any special treatment, no
girls sitting on the sideline waiting to get a
run, there's going to be a squad and we're
going to rotate that squad as one group.
"Everyone's going to get a fair go, even
Nuri's A-Women won only five games
in 2017, but Ivkovic hasn't set a target for
"I haven't set any expectations apart
from seeing everyone improving their basic
skills and becoming tighter (as a group),"
"If I achieve that, and the girls become bet-
ter and more united as a group, then year one
I'll be happy with."
Nuriootpa's A-Men coaching position has
also changed hands, with state country repre-
sentative David McInerney taking over from
Nuriootpa hockey legend Brian Ivkovic will coach the club's A-Women side in 2018.
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