Coburg Lions news

Craig McRae's debut one to forget

From the Sunday Herald-Sun
Reported by Howard Leigh
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COBURG caretaker coach Craig McRae came away from yesterday's debut assignment against Port Melbourne empty-handed.

The Brisbane Lions triple-premiership forward, who took over the Tigers' coaching reins from Jade Rawlings, was forced to settle for a 45-point loss to Port.

"I don't believe in fairytales and it wasn't too good," McRae said.

Coburg searches for coach

From the Sunday Age
Reported by Brent Diamond
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COBURG Tigers will meet with their AFL-aligned partner Richmond this week to discuss a replacement coach for Jade Rawlings.

It is understood a replacement could come from one of the three Richmond assistants who missed out on the caretaker position — Craig McRae, Wayne Campbell and David King — in order for Richmond to keep control of the development of its younger players.

From The Sunday Age
Reported by Brent Diamond
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COBURG Tigers have snared former Hawthorn midfielder Tim Clarke as a playing assistant coach in a new-look team for 2009.

The 26-year-old, who is also touted to be named captain, shied away from lucrative offers from West Adelaide and Canberra to remain in Melbourne.

Cleary mulls Coburg coup

From the Moreland Leader
Reported by Simon Craig


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COBURG footy legend Phil Cleary has not ruled out mounting a boardroom challenge to stop the Coburg Tigers\' proposed move to Craigieburn.

Coburg is expected to relocate to a planned $8 million football training centre in the rapidly growing outer suburb. The centre will be used as a summer training base by Coburg\'s AFL affiliation club Richmond.

Mr Cleary used his column in Inside Football magazine last week to attack Coburg for not consulting members on its future plans, and criticised Moreland Council over the "sorry tale of neglect" at Coburg City Oval.

Coburg president Lil Priest rejected the accusation, saying members had been briefed on the issue during the president\'s lunch at the past two home games.

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