SWFL 2022: Carey Park to introduce multifaceted coaching setup on Saturday against South Bunbury

Justin FrisSouth Western Times
South Bunbury's Rocco Versace goes for a mark under pressure from Carey Park's Jake Ireland.
Camera IconSouth Bunbury's Rocco Versace goes for a mark under pressure from Carey Park's Jake Ireland. Credit: Carly Laden/South Western Times

Carey Park and South Bunbury enter Saturday’s twilight clash at Kelly Park at completely opposite ends of football’s spectrum.

On one hand, you have South Bunbury, a firing formidable unit who are a genuine contender for not only the minor premiership, but also claiming the grandest prize of all on October 2.

Meanwhile for Carey Park, it has been another winter of discontent. Aside from missing the finals for another year despite having a decent squad and raft of talented colts, the Panthers are also recovering from a league coaching change.

In a written statement last Friday afternoon, Panthers club president Wayne Stewart announced the club and league coach Brett Maguire had parted company with immediate effect.

“This is a decision that has not been made lightly, but we believe it is the best outcome for both parties moving forward,” Stewart said.

“Brett had sort clarification of his position for the 2023 season, but the club was not able to reappoint him beyond 2022. We would like to thank Brett for his contribution to the Carey Park Football Club and wish him all the very best for the future.”

Instead of appointing a caretaker coach for the remainder of the season, the Panthers have elected to share the responsibility amongst four men: Paul Lenaghan, Tim Verhaaf, Brenden Gadecki and Frank Italiano.

Ahead of the Tigers clash, Lenaghan told the South Western Times several of the squad’s younger players were keen to give a good account of themselves against quality opposition.

“We are a fairly young side,” he said. “And they (South Bunbury) are probably one of the more experienced teams in the league. We just need the young guys to be accountable and stop their run — because once South Bunbury get on a run, they are pretty hard to stop.”

SWFL general manager Jason Crowe also confirmed all tribunal hearings — including those involving South Bunbury coach Julian Burgess and Eaton Boomers boss Darren Rigby — scheduled for this week have been deferred by seven days, due to the league’s tribunal chairman having contracted COVID-19.

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