Home' The Bunyip : October 1st 2014 Contents Page 28 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Wednesday, October 1, 2014
with Grady Hudd
Hawks stake claim as era's best
When did the club appoint
O'Brien? We had the
discussions about a fortnight
ago and she con rmed that
to us on Saturday night at
our senior presentation.
How long has O'Brien
committed to coaching the senior
ones? Fortunately, she has been
able to commit to two years, and also with an
additional, maybe, couple of months at the start
of 2017 in case we need to change the reins and
have someone else step in if she decides to stop
Has O'Brien been involved with the club
before? She's very well respected in our club; she
brought the club to two premierships in '97 and
'98. She knows our club values and she knows
our direction, so she's pretty much on the same
page as the committee and the development
committee, which is great.
Has O'Brien indicated she will be bringing any
new ideas? She coached Oakdale when she left us
in '03, so she's got a lot of contacts still there. We
haven't had an outside coach coach us for quite
some time, so we're looking forward to any new
ideas that she'll bring.
Outgoing coach Rebecca Eales will depart
the club after just one year in the job. What
was behind her decision to leave? She found
it a challenge this year to travel, she does live in
Adelaide, but also she just didn't think she was
quite ready to give the senior ones what they
needed. There's still good morale within the team,
but she just didn't think tactics-wise, and skill
levels, she could develop them any further.
Do you think with a new coach at the helm
the side can improve next year? In our top two
sides, we've got girls that have a massive amount
of potential, but I don't think they've given
themselves the opportunity to play at their best,
and I think Susan will bring that out in them. We've
got team leaders like Katie Clark and Jess Schirmer
and they'll bene t greatly from Susan's coaching.
THE BALL'S UP!
SIXT Y SECS
with Freeling Netball Club president Toni Oliver,
speaking about the newly appointed senior one
coach, Susan O'Brien.
AS an avid supporter of the Gee-
long Football Club, it pains me
to think that Hawthorn could
even come close to the imposing
legacy forged by the Cats over
the past eight years.
However, the Hawks' flogging of
Sydney in the AFL grand final on
Saturday suggests that legacy could
indeed be in danger of being sur-
Hawthorn's back-to-back grand
final wins, a feat never achieved by
the Cats during their recent pre-
miership years, takes them to three
flags from four grand final appear-
ances in just seven years.
Like Geelong, the Hawks are pre-
paring for life without their ageing
stars (Sam Mitchell, Luke Hodge,
Brian Lake and Shaun Burgoyne are
all 30 or older) while still remaining
competitive during the transition.
Saturday's result shows they are
doing that perfectly.
There was a big cloud of uncer-
tainty as to how Hawthorn's forward
line would cope losing Lance 'Bud-
dy' Franklin to the Swans this year.
As was evident by the carnage
the Hawthorn attack created on the
weekend, it appears to be coping
Cult-hero Jarryd Roughead has
gone to another level since Buddy
departed, as a result of him spend-
ing more time as a permanent for-
ward rather than pinch-hitting in
the ruck as he was when Franklin
patrolled the forward 50.
Furthermore, it has given guys
like Luke Breust and Jack Gun-
ston the chance to show just how
good they really are -- they certainly
haven't disappointed, both booting
more than 50 goals each in arguably
career-best years wearing the brown
But what is most impressive about
the Hawks isn't their rolled-gold,
star players, it's their bottom-tier
If, at the start of the year, someone
had told me Will Langford would
kick three goals and have 21 dis-
posals in a grand final I would have
asked 'Will who?'
But now, in just his first full AFL
season (he played one game for the
Hawks in 2013), Langford has be-
come an integral part of the Haw-
thorn juggernaut, highlighted by
his crucial 29 touches and one goal
in the nail-biting preliminary final
thriller against Port Adelaide.
Another is young ruckman Jona-
thon Ceglar, who narrowly missed
out on grand final selection after the
club picked the more experienced
The 23-year-old, who was dis-
carded by Collingwood at the end
of 2012 without playing a game,
was rookie-listed by the Hawks the
following year and has had a break-
out season in 2014 during McEvoy's
absence with injury.
The odds showed that the Swans
were the heavily-favoured team
heading into the premiership decid-
er, and they played like a team that
had bought into their own hype.
Hawthorn was comprehensively
better in every aspect; they tackled
harder, they ran harder and, most
importantly, they were hungrier.
Should the Hawks maintain that
hunger into next season, and keep
a fit and healthy list, they are a big
chance to notch a grand final three-
peat not seen since the Brisbane Li-
ons won three-in-a-row in 2001, '02
If they do that, the argument
about who is the best team of the
recent era would have to sway in fa-
vour of the Hawks -- as hard as that
fact is, for a Cats' fan, to admit.
James' giant step
STARPLEX Swimming Club's James
McKechnie took an important step
in his career this week by representing
Australia at the FINA World Cup Short
Course competition in Hong Kong.
The meet, which finished last night, is the
19-year-old's first at international level, and
also the first time representing his country,
and he spoke with The Bunyip prior to leav-
ing last Friday.
The World Cup, this year, consists of sev-
en separate meets, beginning in August and
concluding in November, across a variety of
Asian, Middle Eastern and European cities.
With McKechnie aiming to compete at
the 2016 Rio Olympics, he, and his coach,
Stephen Garner, decided it was time to
add some international experience to the
"Rio is in two years and so we thought if
international experience in my back pocket
going into that," McKechnie said.
"So we just thought we need to go to this
meet to get some international experience."
To be eligible for the short course World
Cup, McKechnie had to first meet the FINA
points standards, which are determined by
comparing race times against the world
record time, and also be given the 'all-clear'
from Swimming Australia.
Garner, who travelled to Hong Kong with
his swimmer, said the meeting was the first
step in building towards selection for Rio
"We have to plan for each year, and this is
the first step in terms of international com-
petition," Garner said.
"Even beyond that...he's only just turned
19 now, so he's starting to look pretty good
age-wise for not only Rio, but the Com-
monwealth Games in 2018 and also the
next Olympics after that, Tokyo 2020.
"So the next six years are pretty big for
him as a swimmer and that's what he's look-
ing at, so that's what we're aiming at."
Garner knows what it takes for a swim-
mer to compete at international level -- he
coached Samantha Marshall, who went on
to win silver in the 100m breaststroke at the
2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.
He said McKechnie, whose pet discipline
is also the breaststroke, has similar traits to
his former pupil.
"They've got similar character-
istics in their determination and
actual ability to fulfil that part
of the plan, that is just to come
and not miss training," Garner
"They're the common traits
that belong to successful ath-
"James is a very good time
manager, he's a very, very
good trainer and he's a pret-
ty level-headed kid, too."
Club's James McKechnie
has spent the past
two days representing
Australia at the FINA
World Cup short course
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
Mighty Maher's maiden trip
MEMBERS of the Gawler Central, Wil-
laston and South Gawler football clubs
were out in force at the Gawler races on
Sunday to cheer home their star filly,
It was the three-year-old's first start, and
came up against some strong runners in the
second race of the day -- the three-year-old
maiden plate over 1100 metres.
While she only managed an eighth-placed
finish, it would no doubt have been a great
experience for the boys to see their star filly hit
the track competitively for the first time.
Tigers' future to be decided
GAWLER Central will be hoping to
emerge from its player discussions this
week having gained the signatures of stars
Charlie Molyneux and Daniel Stanley for
the 2015 season.
The Tigers commenced discussions with
their playing group this week after returning
from their footy trip as they look to retain
their premiership-winning list.
It's no secret that the SANFL Adelaide
Crows are interested in the two midfielders,
but should they recommit to Centrals for an-
other year, it will go a long way towards the
club's premiership defence.
Netball panel to grow?
DISCUSSIONS between BL&G net-
ball umpires at an informal luncheon last
month have raised the idea of an umpire
from each club being represented on the
association's umpiring panel.
The initiative would effectively mean two
panel members would be present at each game
to assist with mentoring umpires.
While it is just an idea, for now, having each
club represented on the panel could potentially
mean more transparency between the associa-
tion and clubs, and provide a forum for more
open discussion, which can only be positive.
Feeley hangs up the boots
MALLALA's gun forward, and long-time
servant, Daniel Feeley, has called time on
his playing career at the club.
Despite not getting the fairy tale he would
have hoped for, with the Magpies suffering
a heart-breaking two-point loss to Hamley
Bridge in the grand final, Feeley certainly fin-
ished his final season in good form.
The superboot slotted a cool 57 goals from
19 games this year, placing him fourth on the
league goal-kicking table.
Whitwell o overseas
MALLALA will also be without gun
midfielder Liam Whitwell for the 2015
The 2009 league medallist will be trading
the footy boots for snow boots as he embarks
on a 12-month teaching exchange in Canada.
Meanwhile, Jordan Clements was named
the club's A-grade best and fairest player at its
presentation night recently, edging out Joel
Montgomerie and capping off a stellar season
for the Magpies.
Links Archive September 24th 2014 October 9th 2014 Navigation Previous Page Next Page