THE Batemans Bay Seahawks coaching ranks have undergone a slight reshuffle ahead of the club’s venture into the AFL Canberra competition, and new seniors co-coach Jamie Kemp was confident the move would benefit the squad.
Kemp, who assisted seniors captain-coach Shaun Green in the side’s grand final surge last season, has stepped up to co-coach, while Damon Connick and Kevin McDonald will take the reins of the reserves and under 16s respectively.
“Greeny and myself have taken it back on board again, but this year we’re going to do it as joint head coaches and that will hopefully work out better for both of us because we’re both busy with our work schedules and Greeny has got two kids now and is working away in Canberra,” Kemp said.
So that’ll take a bit off his plate,” Kemp said yesterday.
“I’ll still be the same on the sideline, just making changes and that sort of stuff but I’ll also take on a bigger role and have a bit more of a say than I did last year.
“Shaun will still be the leader on the field because he’s got a bit more knowledge footy-wise than I do and the boys really respect him with what he does.”
Kemp has already had the chance to cast his eye over the squad, with pre-season training well underway.
And so far, he has liked what he’s seen.
“We’ve been training for over a month now and the numbers are starting to look pretty good,” he said.
“We’re doing plenty of running, but we’re also doing lots of long ball drills, which also helps with getting some running into the legs.”
Peter Williamson has taken on the unique role of South Coast representative for the Queanbeyan Tigers and said his main aim was to assist parents of promising young talent, and also to help “remove the red tape” for those from the Bay wanting to step up a level.
“The affiliation with Queanbeyan now means that if any of the juniors or seniors, if they’re capable, want to play at a higher level, then the paperwork is already done and they can play in the Queanbeyan sides,” he said.
“The idea was to make it as easy as possible for the players down here to get exposure to the best level possible.”
Meanwhile, the Seahawks have arranged a pre-season trial match against a church group side from Culcairn, in country NSW.