He may be fun-loving and genial off the field but coach Anthony Fenton is a hard taskmaster on the football paddock.
He may be fun-loving and genial off the field but coach Anthony Fenton is a hard taskmaster on the football paddock.

Fenton fills rep role

FORMER rugby league hard man Anthony Fenton spent his first official day as Group 2's senior representative coach watching the talent parade on grand final day.

Fenton had a stint in charge of North Coast about a decade ago and his list of achievements includes dual premierships with Port Macquarie Sharks and the Clayton Cup in 2001.

While Fenton has opted to lead the Group 2 charge, it has been confirmed that neighbouring Group 3 was chasing his services while this year's representative series was still being contested but he decided the competition he knew best was where he wanted to stay.

"Since retiring as a player I've still kept up with what's been going on and really got keen again to be involved about 12 months back," Fenton said.

Most of last year's management team have decided to continue, apart from retiring coaches Peter Denham and Darren Leaney and manager Stuart Kelly.

Head selector Maurie Lonergan, head trainer Hugh Burns and on-field manager Peter Lee will be joined by Steve Manton (manager) and selectors Warren Gilkinson (north) and Les Murphy (south).

Greg White will coordinate both the senior and junior rep programs.



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