A New Look Coaching Panel To Drive The Magic

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Updated: March 1, 2016
Coaching 2016

There are some familiar faces but also some new faces that have taken the reigns for guiding the Magic to another premiership flag in 2016. Opportunity has presented itself again here out in western Sydney with the introduction of our U19’s team, a first for our region.

 

Our coaching panel for 2016:

First Grade

  • Co-Coach – Ash Moeller
  • Co-Coach – Jack Schwarze
  • Assistant Coach – Leighton Corr
  • Assistant Coach – Wade Stoiste

Reserve Grade

  • Coach – Ben Haywood

Women’s Division 1

  • Head Coach – John Dimond
  • Team Manager – Julie Dimond

U19’s Mens

  • Head Coach – Anthony Hyland

Club Managers

  • Mark Barclay
  • Geoff Newson

 

First Grade Co-coach, Ash Moeller, has a big job ahead of him with the step up to Division 1 and he has shared his thoughts: “After a slower start numbers wise the pre-season really ramped up in the return from the Christmas period.  Good numbers on the track, particularly from the Senior has group given us the ability to really work into our structures and fine tune our skills.

The addition of a new coaching group has seen a new layout of training sessions with Co-Coach Ash Moeller joined by new Co-Coach Jack Schwarze instigating the new look and bringing with him knowledge, attitude and a burning desire to improve the group.  To add to this the club has been fortunate enough to retain 2015 premiership winning coach Leighton Corr as an assistant coach along with the new addition in the assistant coach role in Wade Stoitse.

With the move to Div 1 the introduction and recruitment has seen the Magic add some high quality personnel to the list with the identified lack of depth in the “Big Man” stocks our recruitment was geared towards attracting some key position players and that was done successfully with the below additions to the Senior squad in 2016:

  • Jack Schwarze (Mid/Forward) from Holroyd Parramatta
  • Wade Stoitse (CHB) from the Alberton Football League
  • Michael Lennox (Ruck) from Holroyd Parramatta
  • James Denton (FB) from the Penrith Rams
  • Stephen O’Connor (CHF) from the East Coast Eagles
  • Tate Dimech (Mid) Last played in 2013
  • Daniel Clifford (CHB) Returning from injury after 18 months out

 

Practice matches for 2016 will see the Magic come up against the high quality St George Dragons Premier division outfit, East Coast Div 1 & Newcastle City which will all provide stiff competition and provide the boys with a solid platform to enter the regular season in good shape.”

 

Co-Coach, Jack Schwarze, also provided his initial views coming into the Magic family this year: “It is always difficult walking into a new club but the welcome has been very warm and inviting. The culture is clearly raw but still incredibly promising and that is due to what has already been built by those involved in previous years. The same is to be said of the standard that has been developed by Ash, Leights and the other coaching staff of the past few years.

Training so far has very few faults but very many positives. The numbers for the past month have been very pleasing with Div 1 having a minimum turnout of 20. What stands out the most for me is the eagerness to learn, develop and contribute to the betterment of the team by all the players. We all know footy should be fun and enjoyable and this mob get their fun from the challenge of training and the competitive side rather than using the session as a chance to catch up solely on their social lives. As a coach it makes my job so much easier when you have full buy in from the players, and that’s what we’ve got.

No doubt this season is going to be tough as we step in to a new level of competition. We have the list, the talent and most of all the attitude to really challenge the top teams. But despite all of that we still have enormous room for improvement and that’s what excites me the most.”

 

Reserve Grade coach, Ben Haywood, stated “Season 2016 looks to be another big year for the reserve side playing in Division 4 for the second year. Building on the foundations set last year the side looks forward to again being competitive and pushing for a finals birth. With a mix of youth and experience the reserve grade will stand in good stead not only for the division but progressing players to the higher grades and providing opportunities for the new 19’s to play senior footy.”

 

 

It is a big year ahead for the Magic and one we can’t wait to begin!

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