Owen Lalor era ready to go

New Hampton Rovers senior coach Owen Lalor’s tenure is set to officially get underway with the start of Pre-Season Training. We welcome all new and existing players to be ALL IN in 2016.

Owen’s appointment has been met with much excitement from the Hampton Rovers community and he welcomes all existing players, as well as any new players, to be part of an enjoyable 2016 football year and to help continue the recent success of the Club, spearheaded by coach of the past three seasons, Guy Martyn.

In a letter posted to all current players, Owen expressed his thanks and looked ahead to the future.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Hampton Rovers Committee for giving me the opportunity to coach the Football Club in 2016. I look forward to the challenge with much enthusiasm. I would also like to acknowledge the efforts of Guy Martyn over the past three years, especially the effort he has generated to get this club to B-Grade in the VAFA.”

Owen says if the club is to be a force in Premier B, then we need to improve in many areas. If we are to earn back our reputation as a club to be fearful of, then our club needs to revisit some of the core values that have been so important in recent success, including: hard work ethic, selflessness, discipline and mateship.

Owen believes everyone on our list can improve as you are never too old or young to improve in your performance.

“As a parent, teacher and coach, nothing gives me more satisfaction than seeing my children, students and players get the best out of themselves. My drive and motivation to coach is built around getting the best out of players and ultimately the team.”

Owen plans to instil his own football philosophy and style on the club, whilst at the same time acknowledging many of the structures in place do not need changing as they have proven successful; create a diverse and flexible training environment where players want to train, play together and have fun whilst working hard; and strive to provide players with an opportunity to develop as players and people.

“Over the past 3 years, the Club has experienced an amazing journey where the success can be attributed to so many people both on and off the field. It is my aim to continue and sustain this success for many years to come. I am extremely motivated about the challenge ahead.”

Owen’s motto for 2016 is ALL IN. This will be used throughout the club as we strive for a successful year on and off the field.

In 2016, the Hampton Rovers will again field four teams in the VAFA: Seniors & Reserves in Premier B section, Thirds and Under 19s. Anthony Quon will again coach the Reserves and John Cesario the Under 19s.

For more information about playing for the Rovers in 2016 – click here >

Pre-Season Training gets underway on Wednesday 18th November with 10 sessions to be held prior to Christmas. These will be held at St James College, Bignall Rd, Bentleigh, before moving back to Boss James Reserve in the new year. Sessions commence at 6pm and we welcome all new and existing players.

For all the details on 2015/16 Pre-Season Training – click here >

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