Originally written by PHIL HOLMES
HARROW-Balmoral Football Netball Club will again be a force in the Horsham and District Football League with a number of exciting signing in the past week.
Former Coleraine premiership players Gareth Egan and Josh Vickery have joined the Kangaroos for the 2010 season.
Club recruiting officer Tim Leeming was pleased to have the duo on board, especially with their premiership winning experience.
“Both players will bring a lot of experience to the club,” he said.
Vickery, 26, played for Border Districts in the Kowree-Naracoorte-Tatiara Football League in the past couple of seasons, winning the club best and fairest in 2008 and finishing runner-up last season.
Leeming said he had also played a season with Donald in the North Central Football League, winning a premiership in 2004, as well as a stint with Coleraine in the South West District Football League, winning premierships in 2005 and 2007.
“Vickery is very versatile and mobile. He is a ruckman, but also has the ability to play an on ball role,” Leeming said.
Leeming described Egan, 26, as a talented midfielder.
“He is hard as nails,” he said.
Egan played with Hamilton in the Western Border Football League from 1999-2004, before joining Coleraine in the South West District Football League from 2005-2009.
He was a premiership player with Hamilton in 2004, as well as winning premierships with Coleraine in 2007, 2008 and 2009, winning the club best and fairest in 2007 and finishing runner-up in the league best and fairest in the same year.
Simon Close, a talented 18-year-old, who grew up in the Balmoral area, has also committed to the club after spending last season splitting his time between the North Ballarat Rebels in the TAC Cup and Hamilton Imperials in the Western Border Football League.
“Close is doing a full pre-season with us before he travels to Canada in April but will be back for the second half of the season,” he said.
Leeming said the club would also welcome back Ryan McClure, 27, from a two-year retirement.
“McClure has a lot of experience, having played in premierships with our club in 2002, 2004 and 2007, as well as stints in the Western Border Football League and the Wimmera Football League,” he said.
“He has played most of his career as a defender, but will most likely play a more offensive role this season.”
Other exciting news for the club is that three-time premiership player Brent Penny has taken on the role as senior coach for Harrow-Balmoral in 2010.
Harrow-Balmoral recruiting manager Tim Leeming said the appointment of Penny would be great for the club as he was well respected by current players and the general football community.
Brent has been a great player for the club over the years and has been pivotal on and off the field in contributing to the success of the club.
The centre half-forward has been the leading goal kicker for the club in eight of the 10 years he has played.
Penny has been an assistant coach for the club in 2003-04, captained in 1999 and won the best-and-fairest in 2005.
He has represented the league on a number of occasions and has also had stints with Edenhope-Apsley in the KTNFL as well as two years with Horsham United.
Robert Close has also been appointed to the senior coaching staff for 2010. Close has been a highly successful junior coach for the club and his skills in communication will play a big part in the development of younger players as well as the overall goals for the playing and leadership group.
He has a great background in coaching sport on many levels and this experience will compliment a fresh approach to the 2010 season.
Close has taken the junior footballers to a premiership in 2006 and a grand final in 2007. He was also awarded the junior coach of the year in 2006 for the western region.
The Kangaroos will be aiming to finalise another coaching appointment in the next few weeks, which will really compliment the team in place and put the club in an exciting and solid position for next year.