Barnard to coach Panthers

Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times

Two-time Carey Park premiership captain Richard Barnard has been announced as the Panthers’ coach for the 2017 South West Football League season.

Barnard, who captained the Panthers in their 2003 and 2006 premiership victories, last coached in 2014, when he led the Eaton Boomers to their second flag in the club’s history.

Former Carey Park captain Richard Barnard, right, celebrates winning the 2003 South West Footbal League grand final victory with coach Geoff Nitchke. Barnard will coach the Panthers next season.
Camera IconFormer Carey Park captain Richard Barnard, right, celebrates winning the 2003 South West Footbal League grand final victory with coach Geoff Nitchke. Barnard will coach the Panthers next season. Credit: Supplied

The Panthers have been on the hunt for a coach since Jamie Nani headed to Bunbury late last year.

Carey Park president Michael Martinson said the club’s executive and players were excited by the signing of Barnard.

“He was the one we went hard for,” he said.

Richard Barnard, left, was the Eaton Boomers coach in 2014, taking them to a premiership.
Camera IconRichard Barnard, left, was the Eaton Boomers coach in 2014, taking them to a premiership. Credit: Richard Barnard, left, was the Eaton Boomers coach in 2014, taking them to a premiership. Picture: Josh Zimmerman, Josh Zimmerman
Richard Barnard, left, was the Eaton Boomers coach in 2014, taking them to a premiership.
Camera IconRichard Barnard, left, was the Eaton Boomers coach in 2014, taking them to a premiership. Credit: Richard Barnard, left, was the Eaton Boomers coach in 2014, taking them to a premiership. Picture: Josh Zimmerman, Josh Zimmerman

Martinson also revealed that former South West Football League Landmark coach Crandon Keddie would be Barnard’s assistant.

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