2012 Coaching Appointments

22nd November, 2011

The Southern Power AFC is pleased to announce all coaching positions for the 2012 season.

Simon Closter and Rod Craig have been reappointed as coaches of the 1st Grade side after a successful 2011 which saw the side make it all the way to the Grand Final in their first year in Division One. Closter and Craig will be looking to build on the good year and go one step further in 2012.

The Reserve Grade side will have a new coach for 2012 with Rick Eddington taking over the reigns. Rick has recently moved to the area from Victoria and we are really looking forward to his input in 2012. Rick has impressed since his initial interview and has very similar goals and ideas that the Power harbours which bodes well for a successful partnership for hopefully many seasons to come. Rick himself played football in Victoria for Rye, Rosebud, Sorrento, Powerhouse and Toorak and since hanging up the boots has coached for over 10 years, most recently coaching the Rosebud and Rye Under 18 sides in the Mornington Peninsula League. Rick was also the Vice President of the Mornington Peninsula League for a number of years as well as the Vice President at Rye Football Club. Rick is excited about the challenge of coaching at the Power and is encouraged by the drive and motivation of those at the helm of the Club, “I am really looking forward to the season getting started and meeting all the players and club supporters, building a good rapport with the team, committee and bonding with the senior group.” Rick’s philosophy on football is very close to that of the Power and we warmly welcome him to the Power.

We would like to particularly acknowledge the efforts of Cameron Roe over the past couple of seasons who unselfishly put his hand up to coach the Reserves, sometimes to his own detriment, and did so with excellent results, highlighted by the fact the side returned to finals action in his first year as coach and then this year saw them fall just short of a Preliminary final. Roey, a life member of the club, will now be able to concentrate on playing only (assuming his body lasts another preseason).

Cheyne Anderson has been appointed as the 3rd Grade coach following a very successful year coaching the Women’s team last season. Cheyne previously coached the 3rd Grade side in 2010 and will be looking to build on the success of 2011 which saw the side claim the Division Five premiership.

In the Under 18’s, Avio Scotti will be continuing on as coach after a successful first season. Avio is very excited about the year ahead with some much needed depth headed his way. Avio is passionate about making the Power Under 18’s a real success which is very important to the future of the Club. Rhys Vance will be assisting Avio again this season and the Power is excited about the sides chances in 2012 under their watchful eye.

We would also like to thank Rod Loxley for his valuable contribution to the Under 18’s team last season. Rod reluctantly took on the co coaching role last season and his effort is very much appreciated. Rod remains on the Southern Power committee for 2012 and will more than likely throw the boots on from time to time.

The Women’s coach for 2012 will be Brad Cavanagh who will take over the reigns from Cheyne Anderson. Significant improvement has been shown by the women’s team the past 2 years and Brad will be looking to build on this and have his troops once again play in the top tier of the womens Sydney AFL.

he Club would like to welcome the 2012 coaching staff and we look forward to a hugely successful year under their guidance. All coaches will be at preseason training starting Tuesday 22nd November so make sure you make yourself known to them.

Most grades are still seeking assistants and team manager so if you think this is something you might like to be involved with please contact the coaches.

Contact details for the coaching staff are as follows:

1st Grade

Reserve Grade

Third Grade

Under 18’s

Womens

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