The Tathra Sea Eagles have unveiled their coaching staff for the 2019 season.
Along with a new look leadership committee, the club is pleased to announce Tom Lipsham as coach for the seniors this season.
Meanwhile, Mark Coulton will take on the leadership of the women’s division.
Officials said the appointments were a highlight for the incoming committee, with Cymmon Parker and Ritchie Faulkner to serve as co-presidents while Kristy Faulkner steps into the club’s treasurer role.
Lipsham said a key focus of his would be developing the club’s younger players to take a more prominent role in the club this year.
“Hopefully this year we can those guys coming up like Zac Harlow and Billy Stubbs into key roles, that will be the aim of the game this year.
“They’ve been training and they’re fit and now it’s time for them to start stepping up.
“If they perform, I can only see it going one way; and that’s a good result for these young blokes,” he said.
The club will keep a core of last year’s players as well as a strong stable of level-headed veterans with plenty of shared premiership experience.
“We’ve kept all the older guys who have good level heads on their shoulders, and seeing a lot of the same blokes coming back has definitely given us a lift.”
Tom said some familiar faces could be back in the fold in the 2019 season, while the club doesn’t appear to have lost many from the 2018 roster.
“We haven’t had to go hunting for players,” Lipsham said.
However, the club isn’t closing the door on interested players with a ‘Come and Try’ day to be held for all grades on February 20 at Lawrence Park.
Co-president Cymmon Parker said the Sea Eagles were a family-oriented club and were stoked to include the under 10s in this year’s line-up.
“This is great news for us as we had a large group of kids last year who were past Auskick, but not quite ready for the under 12s,” Ms Parker said.
“We tried to organise a few games with other clubs, but having an organised competition is going to make that a lot easier this year.”
Juniors will run from 4.30pm, while the seniors event is from 5.45pm with a free sausage sizzle at the ground.
The club is putting forward entries in all grades with an Auskick program, 10s, 12s, 14s and 16s as well as the reserves, ladies and senior grades.
Interested players can also head along to training Mondays and Wednesdays at 5.45pm. Everyone is welcome. Training days will swap to Tuesday and Thursday in March.