27th November 2017
APPOINTMENT – KAPUNDA FOOTBALL CLUB B-GRADE COACH, AND U17 COACHING TEAM
Congratulations to Brodie Cox for accepting the B-Grade Coaching role; and congratulations also go to Travis Opitz and Ryan Zivic for taking on the U17s coaching and assistant coaching roles, respectively.
It is exciting times at the Bomber, knowing that we have an excellent structure with highly capable coaches to support our player development across the Club.
2018 B-Grade Coach, Brodie Cox has been coaching our U17s team for some time now, whilst continuing to play in our B-Grade team. In season 2018, Brodie turns it up a notch to provide valuable support to A-Grade coach, David Leslie and Director of Player Development and Coaching, Craig Dawe, as the Kapunda Football Club works to further develop our players to provide the necessary positive pressure that ensures on-field competitiveness across our senior teams.
“Coxy” – who received Club recognition for “Going Above & Beyond” – loves his footy and understands the importance of players enjoying the game; being solid contributors on-field and being good Club people off-field too.
Brodie Cox – B Grade Coach, 2018
“I am thankful for the opportunity to coach Kapunda’s Reserves and look forward to next season commencing.
Congratulations to David, Craig, Travis and Ryan on their new roles. The club has made great decisions for 2018 and beyond with these appointments..
I have known Crocky for a long time – playing my junior and senior footy with him – his knowledge and understanding of the game is excellent, and he is passionate about the game and the Kapunda Football Club. He is and will continue to be well respected and have both teams fighting for ultimate success.
Craig’s knowledge and experience in coaching and development will be of great benefit to the Bomber and I look forward to learning more from him.
These blokes are some of the most passionate football people I have met, and I cannot wait to get stuck into training with them and the senior squad.
I look forward to helping our players enjoy their game, play good consistent footy and have a string of successful years as a senior group.
Over the last couple of years I’ve enjoyed and found it personally rewarding coaching the under 17s. I know that we will have some of these lads play regular senior football in the next few years. Travis will be a great coach having seen his passion through last year and will help ready more of our players for the senior ranks.
Finally, I would really like to thank the club for this opportunity to lead our Club to even more success in 2018.”
A hearty welcome and congratulations to Travis Opitz, who joins the Bomber as our newly appointed U17’s coach. Travis is an experienced player and senior coach, playing over 200 games at United in the Adelaide Plains Association and coaching its A-Grade side. Travis has also coached colts teams at Modbury and been an avid supporter of our U15s and U17s through 2017. Travis’ son plays for the Bomber and it is great to see dad make the transition from enthusiastic supporter to U17 coach. One of the cool coincidences that life throws our way is that Travis and Craig Dawe were once team mates; so they know each others’ style of play, where fitness, player contribution and performance feature.
Kapunda Footy Clubs very own Ryan Zivic will formalise his support for the U17s team in the role of Assistant coach. “Honda” – a long-serving senior player at the Bomber and premiership A Grade player – is excited about his appointment and is looking forward to helping influence the performance of our U17s and working with Travis and Craig in the capacity as assistant coach. Congratulations Honda!
13th November, 2017
APPOINTMENT – DIRECTOR, PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AND COACHING SUPPORT
The Kapunda Football Club is pleased to share the recent appointment of Craig Dawe in this new and exciting position.
The Club has been toying with this conceptual role for some time now and recent circumstances have expedited this position and appointment.
Craig has coached senior football since 2003, and is most familiar with the BLGFA and the Kapunda Football Club given his experience as both player and coach at Gawler Central. Through this time, across several associations and clubs, Craig has been fortunate to have excellent football mentors and role models, including Central District and BLGFA legends in Peter Vivian and Jamie Thomas. Craig looks forward to being able to provide similar mentorship, primarily to our senior and senior colts coaching group, with avenues to influence our junior coaches also.
Club Secretary, Jason Vidovich
“There is an alignment between our Club vision and values and what Craig believes. We must ensure that the Bomber continues to strive for on-field success and be a Club that people want to be part of.
Developing our players to be solid game contributors and good community citizens will be realised and, as importantly, also ensuring our players and their families enjoy their time as part of the Kapunda Football Club.
We have good people leading our players in coaching roles at the Club, who will benefit from Craig’s knowledge, experience and understanding of coaching and the game in general.
Our recent successes on and off field have not happened in isolation or by coincidence and there is a belief that we can do much better across our Club with a solid plan that people can easily buy into.”
A-Grade Coach, David Leslie
“As the A grade coach of the Kapunda Footy club I am excited by the appointment of Craig. His passion for the game and knowledge of footy is at a top level and this can only benefit our club. Whilst Craig’s experiences coaching A grade footy will be of great benefit to my learning, his thinking of the game and his passion to develop our younger players is what excites me. The development of young players can be a throw away line and something everyone wants to hear. After hearing about some of the tools that Craig has at his disposal and his philosophies regarding player development, I strongly believe this year’s playing group will be super impressed.”
Craig “Wacka” Dawe had the following to share after accepting the role:
“I am excited about this role as it is not only new ground for Kapunda, it is new ground for many country league football clubs and associations. My background is grassroots country footy and like the Kapunda Footy Club, I too wish to keep the essence that makes country footy great. We also know much has changed like the salary capping; the player points system; and keeping kids in sport is a modern challenge many sports are struggling with. Different challenges and changes require different thinking and actions to ensure Kapunda continues to thrive. I look forward to working with the Club to fully support Crocky and the coaching group in taking the Club to the next level, passing on my knowledge and experience working with players and coaches alike.”
Congratulations Craig. We look forward to what you will bring to the Bomber.
24th October, 2017
KAPUNDA FOOTBALL COACH A-GRADE COACH
It is with great pleasure that the Bomber can confirm the appointment of David Leslie as our A-Grade Coach for season 2018.
The selection committee began working on appointing an A-Grade coach as soon as Mick McCarthy shared his decision to not coach next year, and the Club received many applications and met many candidates over the last fortnight.
Club Secretary, Jason Vidovich stated the following:
“The club is pleased with its decision to appoint a person who understands the Club vision and values so intimately. David lives and breathes football; has grown up through the ranks; proved his worth as an accomplished player, A-Grade assistant coach and junior coach; all at the Bomber. He has also experienced playing outside the Club at Central Districts and Crystal Brook, accumulating over 250 A-Grade games, being part of premiership teams, winning awards such as BLGFA Rookie of the Year, representing the zone and, as importantly, been exposed to many a successful coach along the way; no doubt influencing his own coaching style.”
David ‘Crocky‘ Leslie accepted the role with the following response:
“I am privileged and honoured to be the A grade coach of the Kapunda footy club in 2018. To be in this position is really exciting on a personal level and I am very thankful in the footy club for giving me this opportunity.
Over the past 17 years I have mainly been a playing member of this side and after slowing down on the field (to be honest it was never quick), I have had a big interest in coaching at the highest level at this wonderful club of ours. I have been very fortunate to have played under some great coaches and just as importantly, great blokes. From starting with Mark Pitman in 2001 to having club legends such as Rodney Brown, Buckets Mackenzie and finally Mick McCarthy it would be remiss of me not to take something from each of these great club people and create my own unique coaching style.
I love the Kapunda Footy Club and cannot wait to start preseason with the aim to guide our club to another senior flag. I expect to be highly involved with the reserves side and also our junior teams. Finally I would like to thank Mick for his efforts over the past few years; as a successful coach, who has taken the club to a much better position on field than when he started. For me, there is nothing more the club could have asked for. As far as respecting people, he is at the top of the tree and his support of myself in applying for this position is greatly appreciated. I look forward to working with all the current and new players that will be putting the boots on in 2018 and equally as much our members, sponsors and supporters. There is not one person that stands above the rest at successful clubs and it will take all of us to achieve success, hence why the Kapunda Footy club is 152 years and going strong”.
Crocky is well respected and liked by the existing group of players, sponsors, members and supporters, making for a smooth transition to help steer the A-Grade to another solid finals campaign in quest of premiership glory.”
Mick McCarthy is pleased with the decision and expected impact that will eventuate as a result. He had the following to share:
“I am pleased to hear of David’s appointment. He is a person with great passion for the Club; super organised and a great thinker of the game, which shines through training sessions and on the coaching bench. He also has a genuine interest in the young players at Kapunda and being an experienced Personal Trainer, he will lead a super fit team into 2018”.
Congratulations Crocky and go the Bombers!
Grand Final – Bomber Promo.
Off-field we continue to raise the bar with some wonderful events.
- The opening home game had a family theme. Bomber Day was a resounding success with parents, grandiose and extended friends and families populating the crowd to come and cheer our junior footballers and netballers. Our sponsors stop tall and purses open to fund a new set of reversible guernseys displaying their logos on the bomber tops.
- Bomber’s Dream Team 2017 – a spin-off from the tried and tested guernsey auction night attracted many faces across the Football and Netball Clubs and is proving to have engaged many with its fresh take.
- Sponsor’s Day again enabled the Club to thank the generosity we receive from our loyal sponsorship base. It was a packed house with good food and wine had – the senior’s win was icing on the cake!
- May 24th marked the day that women’ footy began at the home of the Bombers. A great initiative for the BLG FA, off the back of an exciting season of AFL women’s football. We fielded an U14 and U17 team and they both performed exceptionally well in their inaugural seasons, with the U14’s taking out the flag! We also had several from both grades make the CDFC teams – a brilliant effort all round.
- August 5th was our annual Red and Rump Auction night. Tim Ginever entertained over a great evening where many donated great auction items and those who purchased helped make our biggest fundraising event for the year a most successful event.
- August 19th we also managed to squeeze in the gourmet evening for another get together for our Club, topping off a busy calendar of functions for the Bomber.
UPCOMING 2017 EVENTS FOR THE DIARY
- Presentation Night – Friday, October 13th, 7pm
The History of Kapunda Football Club
First Use of the Ball: Celebrating Football in Kapunda Since 1866
This commemorative book superbly written by Paul McCarthy will be available from April 22nd. There are still a few copies left for sale in 2017.Read More…