McIlwraith Takes the Helm at the Rovers

The Hampton Rovers AFC is pleased to announce the appointment of ex-VFA player Brett McIlwraith as the club’s Senior Coach for 2004.


Brett played over 100 VFA games with Frankston, Mordialloc and Waverley in the ?70s and ?80s and since then has been the Senior Coach at various clubs on the Mornington Peninsula, including a very successful stint at Peninsula OB between 1997 and 2000.


Commenting on the appointment, the Rovers’ President, Greg Downes said, ?After a long and exhaustive search process, we?re delighted that Brett McIlwraith will be our Senior Coach for 2004.  While our coaching sub-committee interviewed many good applicants, Brett clearly emerged as the person we wanted to coach the Rovers in 2004.  With his impressive playing and coaching background, well developed communication skills and expertise in physical education, we?re confident that Brett will successfully lead the Hampton Rovers’ on field program in 2004 – the Rovers’ 75th year.?


Said Brett McIlwraith, ?To be the Seniors Coach of the Hampton Rovers is a great opportunity especially as it’s a club with a long and proud tradition.  With the Rovers’ strong and committed playing list, and facilities that are right up there with the best in the VAFA, footy season 2004 cannot come soon enough.?


Hampton Rovers also announced the re-appointments of Tony (Freddie) Naumoff and Michael Blake as the Reserves and Under 19s coaches respectively for 2004.


Said Naumoff, a long-standing contributor at the Rovers, ?Its great to be going around again as the Reserves Coach and ?The Rovers Will Roar in 2004?.


While under 19s coach Michael Blake said, ?I?m looking forward to coaching the Rovers under 19s again and I?m confident that the success the under 19s had for most of 2003 will be repeated for all of the 2004 season.


At the same time as announcing the Rovers’ 2004 Coaching roles, Greg Downes paid tribute to the efforts of the Rovers’ Premiership-winning coach Norm Goss, We have been very fortunate to have someone of Norm’s experience leading our on-field activities over the last three years.  Norm will be a hard act to follow, but his legacy will be professionalism and a continual striving for excellence.  Like all players and supporters, I look forward to seeing Norm at the Boss James Reserve in the years ahead.

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