New Panther welcomed

YARRAGON Football Netball Club has appointed a new senior coach for the 2013 Mid Gippsland Football League season.

Anthony Pavey will take the reins of the senior team, and he will kick preseason off with a meet the coach day on Sunday.

Pavey said he was looking forward to getting straight into training and already had ideas of what Yarragon needed to do to improve on last season’s ninth-place finish.

“We need bigger players to help the young kids come through, make us a bit more competitive,” Pavey said.

“They seem to be fit enough and getting a bit of the ball by the look of the score, but they were just outclassed early on in games with their back line.

“Hopefully we’ll get a few older, bigger bodied players in and allow the kids to just get out and play footy a little bit more and hopefully win more games.”

The Morwell resident played at Yarragon for one season in 2009 then went on to coach Woodside, then Yarram this year.

Pavey said he was “excited” to be back at Yarragon; a feeling he said most players shared.

“I rang most of them up; they are all keen to go again next year,” he said.

Club president Geoff Jolly said he was “delighted” to welcome Pavey to the club, and said he brings a wealth of football experience to the club having coached three premierships teams, the last being Leongatha in 2001.

“All present and interested players are invited to attend (the meet the coach day) and listen to coach Pavey give his outline for the upcoming season,” Jolly said.

The meet the coach day will be held at Yarragon football ground at Dowton Park Reserve and will involve a training run at 11am followed by a barbecue lunch.