Club “tension” has left a Wagga baseball coach with no choice but to hang up the clipboard mid-season.
Wagga Jackels coach Grant Gonsal made the heartfelt decision to leave his coaching role after a series of frustrating conversations with club administrators.
Gonsal and the assistant coach made a joint resolution to stand down this week.
“I didn’t want to walk away as head coach,” he said.
“There were a lot of things, a lot of tensions from last season that carried through.
“A few players said a few words that we didn’t appreciate, and we were trying to make a couple of improvements and our suggestions were going nowhere, we got to a point where we were fed up.”
Despite off-field tensions, the ex-coaches will continue to play for the Jackels.
“We’ve invested a lot of blood, sweat and tears into the club,” Gonsal said.
“We are coming back as players.
“There are a lot of positive things in the pipeline.”
At this stage, the Jackels will play round seven without a coach; Gonsal believes no one else has nominated yet for the role, but he doesn’t want to leave the club in the lurch.
He’s willing to provide expertise on players’ strengths and game day batting line ups.
We’ve invested a lot of blood, sweat and tears into the club
Six rounds into the autumn competition, and the Jackels remain winless, however, the team has made significant headway this season, bridging the gap on the scoreboard.
In round one Jackels lost 28-5 to the Giants and in round four they lost 6-5 to the Giants.
“We only lost in the last innings, it was slightly heartbreaking,” Gonsal said.
“I had a tear come out of my eye.”
Redsox, Bulls and Giants have the competitive advantage, but Jackels are gaining on them.
“The Bulls have experience from playing here 10 or 12 years ago, most of Redsox players played representative baseball and the Giants have played a lot of softball together, they know how to play with each other,” he said.
“Half of our players are developing, but they’re developing very quickly.
“That ‘W’ is coming, the other teams can see we’re improving a lot. I’m looking for a major upset, against the Redsox or the Bulls.”