Season Update, Injury Report and Player Departures
Our start to the 2015 season has been one of mixed emotions and indifferent form. Our players have showed some patches of outstanding football but consistency has been a major problem and again was the issue on Friday night against Norwood. I am certainly not making excuses for our ‘mixed’ form but I believe our players are really improving in many areas and it’s only a matter of time before we string some consistent four quarter football together.
As coach I have really noticed an attitude change in the playing group. They are beginning to set higher training standards, demand more from each other and a major focus of my coaching has been around educating the group on why we train and play the way we do. I am a firm believer that we will see better results if the players actually understand the reasons for doing things and then take some ownership of it.
Although we have improved we still have many areas where improvement is necessary before we become an elite SANFL team. We are working on ways to find more avenues to goal. Clint Alleway has been outstanding this season but at 34 years of age we are realistic that we can’t rely on him forever. We are also working on our four quarter consistency. Opposition teams scoring quickly against us has been an issue and we are working on some strategies to stem the flow at certain times of the game. We do understand that with a new coach and different game styles things may take time but with the attitude of our group and football club I can certainly see the light at the end of tunnel.
After a relatively small rehab group over the summer we have been hit with a number of long term injuries over the last few weeks. Senior player Patty McCarthy is yet to play a game after an interrupted pre-season with groin issues. Patty is now only a week or two away and we are looking forward to his return. Recruit Lonnie Hampton ruptured his ACL and will miss the season, Dylan McNeil and Max Proud both broke hands and Warrick McGinty broke his jaw Friday night and we will sidelined for an extended period. Excitement machine Willie Rioli will miss a month with knee issues and Riley McFarlane and Shaun Tapp have missed a couple of weeks with minor issues. Although disappointing not to have these players on the park it gives others the opportunity to play.
Over the past month we have also had a number of players depart our Football Club. These departures have been for a variety of reasons. Some players couldn’t commit to the time and training standards of an SANFL program and others have been moved on. We would like to thank Ethan Gill, Scott Spriggs, Ned Brooks, Sam Underwood, Wade Hancock and Waylon Johncock for their contribution to our Football Club. All are outstanding people and we wish them well in the future.
We are looking forward to the next two challenges (Eagles and West) before a week off for the State Game. I am very confident that our program is one that is developing and educating our players and I look forward to getting some four quarter consistency over the coming weeks. Thanks for all your support.
Our new coaches box in the western stand - which has been named in honour of the late Dean Bailey. Dean played for Glenelg from 1994-1996 and won our Best & Fairest in 1995. He devoted much of his time to coaching and this will stand as a lasting tribute a man who was admired and respected by all who knew him. Funds were raised through raffling artworks from leading SA and Australian artist Tom Gleghorn, a long-time friend and supporter of our club and was built by numerous Glenelg League players.