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Christmas Message & Coaching Update
As we head toward the end of year I wanted to take the opportunity to wish everyone in the SKOB community a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
I also want to update you all on the exciting developments around the club as we prepare for 2018.
In terms of the Football Department I can report that pre season training at the SKC Tooronga facility went well throughout December. Good numbers, great effort and a strong sense of anticipation for the challenges of 2018 were apparent.
All coaching appointments have been made. Huge news for the Saints is that we welcome back Tom Purcell to take over as Senior Coach. Along with Kim Ledder and specialist coaches Robin Bowles and Titch Callinan plus a dedicated duo of Richard Lewis and Chris Morley looking after the Seconds – we have completely overhauled the coaching structure. I particularly want to thank Pat Di Natale for the last two years. Pat’s selfless commitment to the establishment of the SKOB Saints has been instrumental in their success to date.
Other coaching news is that we have added Daniel Currie as an Assistant Coach to Shannon Grant. A former Sydney Swans, North Melbourne and Gold Coast player whose career was cut short by injury, Dan is a tremendous addition to the panel. See Director of Football Michael Christians full summary of the entire club coaching panel below.
Finally, can I again thank all the community including the 2017 Committee, all volunteers, supporters and players for the last year. To field 10 teams, for nine to play in finals, six in Grand Finals and three win a Premiership is an extraordinary effort.
I look forward to 2018 with great anticipation. From a football and community perspective we have a lot to look forward to.
SKOBFC COMPLETE COACHING PANEL FOR 2018
SKOBFC has appointed former Sydney, North Melbourne and Gold Coast player, Dan Currie as an Assistant Coach to complete the Senior Coaching panel for 2018. He joins 2017 Premiership Assistant Coaches and 2018 Senior Co-Coaches in Tom Williams and Guy Martyn
Dan played a total of 10 AFL games but was forced to retire prematurely at the end of the 2017 season because of ongoing injury problems. SKOBFC is delighted to have attracted a person of the calibre of Dan to join the Senior Coaching Panel.
SKOBFC has also been very fortunate to attract 2016 U/19 Premiership Coach, Tom Purcell back to the Club to coach the Saints Premier team. Tom has elite coaching record and is a great St Kevin's person and we are thrilled to have back at the Club.
SKOBFC full Coaching Panel is as follows:
SENIOR CO COACH: TOM WILLIAMS
SENIOR CO COACH: GUY MARTYN
SENIOR ASSISTANT COACH: DAN CURRIE
RESERVES COACH: JAMES KENNEDY
RESERVES ASSISTANT COACH: WILL BROWN
SAINTS PREMIER COACH: TOM PURCELL
SAINTS PREMIER ASSISTANT COACH: KIM LEDDER
SAINTS RESERVES CO-COACH: RICHARD LEWIS
SAINTS RESERVES CO-COACH: CHRIS MORLEY
SAINTS ASSISTANT COACH: ROBIN BOWLES
SAINTS ASSISTANT COACH: TITCH CALLINAN
THIRDS GOLD COACH: JARROD MCMASTER
THIRDS GOLD ASSISTANT COACH: TROY MCMASTER
THIRDS GREEN COACH: IAN LEDDER
THIRDS GREEN ASSISTANT COACH: PAUL MATTHEWS
THIRDS BLUE COACH (PROPOSED): WILL DOBLE
U/19 PREMIER COACH: JON TAYLOR
U/19 PREMIER ASSISTANT COACH: PAT DI NATALE
U/19 PREMIER RESERVES COACH: PHIL MCCABE
MASTERS: DAMIEN RYAN