From The Moreland Leader

Reported by Geordie Cowan
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 Hamish Blair

New Coburg Football Club VFL coach Leigh Adams at Coburg City Oval. Picture: Hamish Blair

Leigh Adams ready to make his mark as Coburg’s VFL coach following career at AFL level

BORN in a Coburg premiership year of 1988, new coach Leigh ‘Patch’ Adams has been given the task of lifting the Lions back up the VFL ladder.

Fresh from leading unheralded South Croydon to a remarkable Eastern Football League Division 1 premiership, Adams replaces legendary coach Peter German, who was in charge for four years after Coburg’s return to a stand-alone club.

Leigh Adams looks to fire off a handball during his days at North Melbourne. Picture: Michael Klein.

The former North Melbourne player, who booted 72 goals from 104 games over eight years, retired from AFL in 2015 after a series of concussions.

Adams was “absolutely rapt” to earn a two-year contract with Coburg, with the challenge ahead the most appealing aspect.

“I’ve always wanted to take my coaching as far as I possibly could,” Adams said.

“The challenge of a VFL club is a huge acknowledgment for me. I’m under no illusions it will be an easy job, but I am looking forward to getting stuck in, challenging myself and my coaching philosophies on what I think will work and seeing the outcome at the end of it.

 

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MORE than a year on, Craig McRae remembers the loss acutely. It was accompanied by the beating of drums on the Frankston hill.

The Brisbane premiership star was three games into his role as Richmond’s VFL coach when the Tigers were toppled by the Dolphins.

It was Round 3 of 2016. Frankston failed to win a match in 2015; its most recent success had been in July, 2014.

“We did it!’’ timekeeper Michael Robinson fizzed on social media after the Dollies came from 29 points down at quarter time to win by 13.

McRae regards the match as a pivotal moment in Richmond’s rise in the VFL.

From defeat emerged a resolve to get better.

“It was their (Frankston’s) first win in, I’m not sure how long,’’ McRae was saying at the VFL grand final press conference at Carlton on Wednesday.

 

Stawell Times: North Ballarat kicked out of VFL

From the Stawell Times
Reported by David Brehaut
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UPDATE, 4.45pm: North Ballarat chairman John Nevett plans to address the media tomorrow morning.

When contacted by The Courier, Nevett said the announcement was still being analysed and he needed to meet with the club board.

He was unwilling to make any further comment at this stage.

EARLIER: Ballarat will be without a Victorian Football League team next year.

AFL Victoria on Thursday informed the North Ballarat Roosters it would not be renewing their VFL licence for 2018.

 

From www.afl.com.au
Reported by Marc McGowan
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VFL 2016 Rd 12 - Frankston v North Ballarat
​North Ballarat won't be permitted to field a VFL team next year

NORTH Ballarat will not field a Victorian Football League team next year.

AFL Victoria announced on Thursday afternoon it had stripped the Roosters of their VFL licence because of governance issues, but remained hopeful they could return as soon as 2019.

The club has battled "significant" board problems in the past two years and lost the confidence of the state's ruling body, according to AFL Victoria CEO Steven Reaper. 

North Ballarat won a hat-trick of VFL premierships between 2008 and 2010 under legendary coach Gerard FitzGerald, but claimed only four victories from 36 games in the past two seasons.

"AFL Victoria needs to ensure there is a sustainable team in Ballarat, and one that is representative of the region and is fully focused on a state-league presence," Reaper said.

 

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