Wagga City Wanderers have announced a fresh lineup of junior academy coaches, with Michael Babic, Felicity Kerslake and Liam Dedini among the new appointments.
Babic, Lake Albert’s 2016 Pascoe Cup winning coach, said he was excited to get involved with the junior ranks after being confirmed as the club’s under 13s coach.
“I think I have a lot to offer for the younger players, in terms of experience and knowledge, and I really believe in the Wanderers academy,” he said.
“I was very keen to get involved with the development phase of football.”
Meanwhile, the Wanderers’ junior trials got underway at Gissing Oval on Tuesday night.
30 players tried out for the under 13 and 15 boys teams respectively.
Football Wagga development officer and under 14 boys coach Liam Dedini said it was a great outcome, which combined with early registrations for other age groups, suggested the club would have more youngsters trialing than ever for the upcoming season.
The numbers in the under 14 girls ranks in backs that up, with barely enough players to fill a team last season and 23 registrations for the 2018 team already in the books.
Dedini was credit by Babic as the primary reason behind the spike in numbers.
“No doubt it's due to the job Liam's doing as development officer,” Babic said.
“Him getting out to the schools and pushing for publicity is absolutely working.
“I’m sure word of mouth among the kids has played a role too.”
Wanderers junior academy coaches
Under 13's Boys: Michael Babic
Under 14's Boys: Liam Dedini and Michael Lucas
Under 15's Boys: Scott Rohrich
Under 16's Boys: Manuel Donebus and Camryn Mccrory
Under 14's Girls: Gary Lyons
Under 16's Girls: Felicity Kerslake and Brooke Gayler.
Under 13 and under 15 boys - October 10 and October 17
Under 14 and under 16 girls - October 11 and October 18
Under 16 and under 16 boys - October 12 and October 19
All trials are being held from 6-730pm at Gissing Oval