16/2/2015 - Emus’ brains trust want more of the same: Greens name 2015 coaching staff

BIRDS OF A FEATHER: Orange Emus coaches (from left) Graydon Staniforth, Amanda Ferguson, Paul Ringland, Peter Evans and Murray Reay. Photo: NICK McGRATH                                                                                          0213nmemus1BIRDS OF A FEATHER: Orange Emus coaches (from left) Graydon Staniforth, Amanda Ferguson, Paul Ringland, Peter Evans and Murray Reay. Photo: NICK McGRATH 0213nmemus1

ORANGE Emus last week confirmed their coaching staff for the 2015 Blowes Clothing Cup season, and each of the five mentoring groups is unflappable in their goal for the looming Central West Rugby Union season.

“The goal is to go just as well [as 2014], if not better,” first grade co-coach Graydon Staniforth said.

Emus’ top grade finished second last winter, and Staniforth takes charge of the first grade unit alongside co-coach Paul Ringland following on from the two-year tenure of Andrew Logan at the club.

Staniforth said using the work of Logan as a launching pad for 2015 was crucial.

“I think it’s just about trying to start well and give ourselves a chance to get into a good position towards the end of the season,” Staniforth continued.

“We found out in the [grand] final there were too many sore bodies, so if we can at times rotate players a bit more than last year that’d be good.”

Aside from Ringland and Staniforth taking over the coaching gig of Emus’ first grade side, there’s not a lot of changes in the clipboard department at Endeavour Oval ahead of the season proper, set to begin on April 11.

Premiership winning-mentor Mitch Dansey will return to coach second grade this winter, while Barry Ruddy will again hope to guide the greens into the third grade finals in 2015.

Amanda Ferguson is also in charge of the women’s team, the Chicks.

Crucially for the club, experienced mentors Peter Evans, Murray Reay and Peter Udy will look after the Emus colts this season. Evans, a veteran coach with over 25 years’ experience, says he’s looking at ramping up training for the colts now.

“I believe the key to coaching colts is players enjoying training,” Evans said, aiming to begin colts training on Tuesday, February 24.

“It’s also important to build skill and game-specific targets to improve player and team skills while being part of the team and club environment at the Emus club.”

Staniforth echoed the sentiment of Emus’ under 20s coach, and said over the last two seasons the club had grown at a colts level.

“The last couple of years we’ve seen a big improvement, and at this stage we’ve seen a few new faces this year too,” he added.

“As we’ve seen from other clubs that have a strong colts, obviously it snowballs into your other grades. With second grade doing well last year as well it bodes well for the club.”

Senior training is at Endeavour Oval on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm.

The club’s first trial is against Randwick colts at Endeavour Oval this Saturday, February 21, before tackling the Blue Mountains on March 14

taken from http://www.centralwesterndaily.com.au/story/2884050/emus-brains-trust-want-more-of-the-same-greens-name-2015-coaching-staff/?cs=104

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