Hungry like a wolf: Rob Deane has been named coach of Woolgoolga’s Premier League team.
Hungry like a wolf: Rob Deane has been named coach of Woolgoolga’s Premier League team. Submitted

United ready for new season

WOOLGOOLGA United believe it’s on the path toward finals action in 2011 after announcing the coaches of the club’s two Premier League teams for the upcoming season.

Rob Deane will be in charge of the men’s top level team at the High Street fields this year while Al Courtenay has been appointed as the women’s coach.

Club president Phil Lacy said that he’s delighted with the appointment of both coaches.

“Following a very successful season in 2010 where both the Wolves and Wildcats made the North Coast Football (NCF) semi-finals, the club is confident the coaching staff for 2011 will continue to develop both teams towards this season’s final series,” Lacy said.

The men’s team start pre-season tonight and Rob Deane admits he’s looking forward to calling on his 16-year association with football either as a player or a coach at both club and representative football in an effort to lift the Wolves further up the North Coast Football ladder.

“As a resident from Minnie Water, and with a son playing in the team, I have spent the past four years studying Woolgoolga from the sidelines,” Deane said.

“I know the players’ games well and it will be good to have much more input into the team.

“I will be looking to build on the success of the second half of the 2010 season in 2011 but with the loss of some very experienced players it will be up to the younger players to step up, and I am looking forward to the challenge.”

Courtenay takes charge of a Wildcats outfit that has great expectations for the year ahead.

Like Deane, Courtenay comes to the role highly qualified having spent six years coaching junior boys and girls at the club, four years coaching girl development teams for NCF, and two years coaching boy representative teams in the State Youth League.

“I look forward to working with the women’s premier team this year, as I believe this group of girls have what it takes to go all the way,” Courtenay said.

The women’s team starts its training for 2011 on Tuesday, January 25.



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