AT THE HELM: Inaugural Breakers committee members (back, from left) Jason Sincock, Matt Dagger, Ray Ellicott, Pat O’Connell, (front, from left) Jay Guthrie, Al Clayton and Ally Vella.
AT THE HELM: Inaugural Breakers committee members (back, from left) Jason Sincock, Matt Dagger, Ray Ellicott, Pat O’Connell, (front, from left) Jay Guthrie, Al Clayton and Ally Vella.

New AFL club beginning life by Breaking bread at a BBQ

THE first official gathering of the newly-formed AFL North Coast club, the Coffs Harbour Breakers, will be happening tomorrow.

The Breakers' recently announced leadership group will be holding a barbecue at the Jetty Foreshores from noon with everybody from senior players down to Auskickers welcome to come along.

The new club is a combination of long-time rivals Coffs Swans and North Coffs and club president Ray Ellicott is excited about the future.

"New club, new colours and a new committee means a lot of hard work to make it successful but I have no doubt if we roll our sleeves up and work hard as a committee then the on-field success will follow," Ellicott said.

"We've formed a committee of hard workers and go-getters."

The committee includes North Coffs stalwart Jamie Coad as the club's vice-president and Pat O'Connell named as the first president of the junior club.

Last year's Coffs Swans leader, Jay Guthrie, has been appointed as the inaugural Breakers head coach.

Former Sydney Swans Academy coach Peter Chadwick will be helping Guthrie out as the director of coaching.

"We are calling on anyone who wants to have a game of AFL to come and try, we don't care on skill level at this stage," Guthrie said.

"If you've been competing in other sports but have wanted to try something different then we want you.

"We've started light training at the Coffs Jetty on Thursday nights from 6pm so come and join in."

The Breakers are now seeking expressions of interest in all coaching positions in the new club's Auskick, under-11s, under-13s, under-15s, under-18 and reserves teams.

If you think you have what it takes then email your applications.

The Breakers will also field teams in the Wednesday evening netball competition held at Vost Park. If you have an interest in playing netball, whether it be serious or for fun in the lower grades then send an email with your details.

Creating a joined entity came about after a few lean years for the two local clubs resulting in low participant numbers.

It's also a part of the strategic plans created by AFL (NSW/ACT) and AFL North Coast to increase the number of teams competing each week.

Grafton will be fielding an under-18 team in 2015 while Macleay Valley Eagles will be playing in the seniors and under-18s.

These moves will form a six-club competition in all senior grades with eyes on expanding to seven or eight clubs in the future.



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