First Grade co-coaching trio Nick Tomlinson, Rowan Bilkey, and Adam Clarke have recommitted for season 2020 in a massive boon for this year’s
The club has been most happy with the ease with which the unorthodox coaching setup has operated this season, with Tomlinson, Bilkey and Clarke all echoing that sentiment.
“We are all fairly level-headed blokes and rarely disagree on things. Bilks brings a real strategic edge to our coaching, and myself and Clarkey tend to play a good cop, bad cop kind of role,” Tomlinson laughed.
“Clarkey’s professionalism in regards to physical and mental conditioning has added a new dimension to pre-season and helped keep blokes
interested through the arduous winter months,” he added.
“We’ve certainly tried to keep fun and variety at the top of our priority list however when the hard work was there to be done our boys didn’t shy away from that.”
“The main positive that has been conveyed back to the coaches from the playing group is that enjoyment aspect and it started to show in our performances later in the season once we got some players back from what was a horror injury run.”
With a second half preliminary final fade-out the only thing standing between the Hawks and a Grand Final berth, belief is strong for a better 2020.
The consistency from 2019 to 2020 continues with the further announcement of 2019 Reserve Grade Coach Andrew Risby to continue on. Risby explained he is excited to continue learning his craft alongside Bilkey, Tomlinson & Clarke and looks forward to a returning squad of 2019. Risby believes “ the injury toll through the first grade side made it challenging at times for reserves “ Risby went on to say it’s really exciting to have the platform laid in which we have and 2020 and believes 2020 will bring exciting things.
Women’s Coach Paul Cooksley has also recommitted to the club for 2020 which gives great stability to our young women’s squad. Cooksley said “reflecting on 2019 he realises the great achievements made throughout the season. The women welcomed so many new players into the team without any experience, to finish the year in the finals was an outstanding achievement.”
Cooksley also went on to say “2019 really bodes well for the coming 2020 season now we having 2019 under our belts as a group and we can really hit the ground running. The group will look to develop a more expansive game plan in 2020 and we really look forward to the benifit of our juniors moving into the senior squad. We have tried to provide a pathway so that this transition to senior footy is as smooth as possible.”
Pre-season will commence in November. Dates and location to be confirmed.