New era looms for Bobcats
THE Maclean Bobcats Football Club will look to defend its North Coast League premiership with a new coach at the helm in 2010.
A restructure at the Bobcats has seen premiership-winning mentor Steve O’Sullivan vacate the First Division post to take up a new position as director of coaching.
This has paved the way for club stalwart Grant Neilson to take over the first grade coaching reins, a position he last occupied a decade ago.
With the appointment of Neilson as coach, it is a case of back to the future for the Bobcats.
Neilson was the boss during the club’s maiden Far North Coast premiership run in 1999.
Since then Neilson has continued to play First Division and over the past few years has been honing his coaching knowledge under the tutelage of O’Sullivan while handling the clipboard at the Bobcats’ Youth Grade.
Neilson’s plan is to continue the evolution of the club and the work done by O’Sullivan.
“I’m not here to re-invent the wheel. I will have a fresh approach but will be working in the same areas that we always have and hopefully we can do the little things a bit better in the end,” he said.
In his role as director of coaching, O’Sullivan will be working with all levels at the club but with a specific focus on juniors.
He will oversee development of both the junior players and also the junior coaches.
The Bobcats no longer want to see parents thrown in the deep end, coaching their kids with limited tactical nous.
O’Sullivan will be coaching the coaches and providing them with programs to help them in their endeavours to develop future Bobcats.
Training will start for the Bobcats on Tuesday, February 2 at 6pm and will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays thereafter with the occasional weekend session.
The Bobcats already have two trials scheduled for late-February against Far North Coast Premier League lineups.
Any interested players should get along to training from next Tuesday.
While the Bobcats have their two most-senior coaching positions filled, they are still looking for other senior and junior coaches.
Any interested players should contact Mick Corbett on 0427 453 560.