Clubs line up coaches for next footy season

STRENGTH: Lions' new coach Matt Promnitz, centre, seconds coach 'Beaver' Combe, right, and thirds mentor Travis Ley before a training session.
STRENGTH: Lions' new coach Matt Promnitz, centre, seconds coach 'Beaver' Combe, right, and thirds mentor Travis Ley before a training session.

Former player Matt Promnitz is the major newcomer to the coaching stakes among Port Pirie’s Spencer Gulf League teams.

BIG SEASON: Lions is looking for strong performances next season from Recorder Medallist Jordan Fuller, right, and Luke Patterson.

BIG SEASON: Lions is looking for strong performances next season from Recorder Medallist Jordan Fuller, right, and Luke Patterson.

Promnitz will coach the Lions, succeeding veteran mentor Ashleigh Dunkley.

He was an assistant to Dunkley for the past six years and is a former Lions captain. He is the son of SGL president Les Promnitz, a former Cats player.

Training for Proprietary-Risdon has already started at the John Pirie Secondary School oval.

Promnitz said he aimed to get his squad “football fit” and develop a “game plan that is fairly attacking, but also defensive”.

“I don’t want to give too much away,” he said. “We are not going to change too much.”

Seconds coach will be “Beaver” Combe, who played 200 matches with Props, and senior player Travis Ley will mentor the thirds. The junior colts coach is yet to be announced.

John Lagoudis has been re-elected as president and Marc Congdon will make his debut in club administration as secretary

Lagoudis said Congdon was a “fantastic club person”.

A past senior best-and-fairest player and captain, he is “just one of those guys who keeps going”, according to the president.

Trevor Harmer will continue as treasurer after 34 years in the job.

Solomontown’s coaching panel will remain unchanged except for the departure of assistant Ben Brown who will be new coach of South Flinders in the Northern Areas Football Association.

Senior coach will again be premiership-winning Chris Pollard, seconds Paul Spooner and thirds Joel Head. The junior colts mentor is still be decided. Star forwards Scott and Travis McIntyre have left the club. Scott will join Brown at Southern Flinders and Travis has headed to Ardrossan.

The Cats will regain half-back and on-baller Ryan Saracino and center-half-back Brodie Mudge. Both had knee reconstructions.

Several highly-rated thirds players will come into contention for the senior team.

Jarrad Curnow has retired as secretary after 10 years’ service, but will still be involved with the club.

Richard Cable, who was best-on-ground in Solomontown’s seconds’ premiership win this season, will join Southern Flinders as an assistant coach.

New over-the-ranges’ coach Brown succeeds his friend Scott Brand who had a decade in the role.

Brand actually paved the way for Brown’s appointment by telling him over coffee that he was keen for him to be his replacement.

“Brand has rebuilt the club,” Brown said.

Southern Flinders finished fourth this year after being beaten in the knockout semi-final.

“It is going to be a tough competition,” Brown said.

Meanwhile, Craig Roberts will continue at the helm of Port,

Rowan Connelly will be in charge of the seconds after Blair Miller stepped down because of work and other commitments. Miller will continue as a player.

Sam Pisani will coach the thirds and chairman Jamie McNamara will be in charge of the junior colts.

The Bulldogs will be desperate to improve on this season’s injury-plagued, below-standard performance.

Lions and Sollies will look to rebound strongly.