Head Coach Nic Fosdike, Div 3 Coach Luke McCormack, President Justin Kurenda, Development Coach George Harder & Div 1 Coach Andrew Christie

Head Coach Nic Fosdike, Div 3 Coach Luke McCormack, President Justin Kurenda, Development Coach George Harder & Div 1 Coach Andrew Christie

Dear Bats & Shamrocks,

It was great to see many of you at training on Tuesday night. Plenty of people have put in a lot of hard work of summer and I’m sure 2015 is going to be a big year for the club.

For those who couldn’t attend, I want to bring you up to speed on a few things ahead of the season.

In 2015, UTS AFC will field five teams – four mens teams and the Shamrocks representing the club in the women’s competition.

The Bats will continue to field a team in the Premier Division and Division 1, and in 2015 will also field a team in Division 3 and Division 5.

This is one less team in the mens comp to last year. This tough decision has been made in consulation with AFL Sydney for a number of reasons, including: 1. inability to consistently field five teams in 2014 due to lack of numbers, 2. attendance at pre-season training comparatively down on previous years, 3. the need for Div 4 to move up to Div 3 stretching resources in the higher grades, 4. a greater emphasis from the club on success in the Premier Division

There will still be the opportunity for more games to be played throughout the season for those new to the game with one-off matches to be organised against tradition rivals UNSW and Sydney Uni.With the success of a Division 4 Premiership and a Division 1 Grand Final appearance, I am confident that this structure is the best way for the club to consolidate in 2015 and continue to build the best football club in Sydney – on and off the field!This leads me to formally announcing the coaches across all grades for 2015. With Nic Fosdike on board as Head Coach, we’ve been able to put together an experienced group of coaches to lead the club for the year ahead.Premier Division:
Coach – Nic Fosdike
Assistant Coach – Ant RosenDivision 1:
Coach – Andrew Christie
Assistant Coach – Simon Carrodus

Division 3:
Coach – Luke McCormack
Assistant Coach – Will Field

Division 5:
Coach – Damien Menzies
Assistant Coach – Adam Van Der Veen

Shamrocks
Coach – Geoff Roach
Assistant Coaches – Natalie Middleton & Ness Mayer

George Harder has also taken on a newly created position as Development coach working closely with players new to the game on skill acquisition.

It was remiss of me not to mention the Shamrocks in my announcement last night. It’s been fantastic to have the Shamrocks train all summer with the Bats and their involvement is imperative to our club continuing to grow.

We are all one club playing under the UTS Bats banner and we look forward to seeing the Shamrocks having another brilliant year in 2015.

Another important change over the summer has been for us to relocate the Bat cave to the Royal Oak in Double Bay.

I’d love for as many of you as possible to join us at the Royal Oak this Saturday February 28 from 3pm for pre-season drinks. Publican Pete Tate will be on hand to welcome the club to his establishment and it’s important that we make a strong first impression.

Pete and his team have put together a very impressive food menu so click here to check it out, and we’ll see you at the new Bat Cave on Saturday from 3pm.

GO BATS!

– Flash

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