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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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Coburg players celebrate after Tyler Curtis kicks a goal against Sandringham. Picture: David Crosling

Coburg VFL’s Blake Mullane wins first senior game at 32nd try against Sandringham
Geordie Cowan, Moreland Leader
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COBURG finally earned its first win of the Victorian Football League season last weekend but the traditional singing of the team song provided somewhat of an unusual sight.

A dozen of the 23-strong team were playing in their first senior victory in the competition, meaning there were more players in the winning circle than outside it.

Coburg’s Ben Allan tries to evade a Sandringham opponent. Picture: David Crosling

One of those 12 was Blake Mullane, enjoying just his first win in his 32nd match.

“I was watching the clock when it was at 19 minutes and we were three goals up,” he said.

“I was thinking ‘surely they can’t come back from here’.

“We just kept the ball on the wing for 10 minutes and then the siren went.

“It was a real weight off the shoulders.

“Then we sang the song and I didn’t know the words, but it was still good.”


From the Coburg official website Reprted by Adrian Dixon Full article - Click here pk-box-hill-coaching-v-blues Paul Kennedy brings a huge wealth of experience to the Lions for 2016. PHOTO: Jenny Owens Photography. With under a month to go until the beginning of preseason, we’re delighted to announce that 2005 Sandringham Premiership player and Frankston club stalwart Paul Kennedy will be a Senior Assistant coach of the club for 2017, and will also be our Head Development coach. Known as ‘PK,’ he comes after stints on the coaching panel at Frankston and the Box Hill Hawks, but is perhaps best known for his time as a Dolphins player, and it was the similarities between Coburg of today and Frankston in the mid-late 2000's that drew Kennedy to Piranha Park. "The way Coburg have gone about things the past three years, with really high expectations on themselves to improve and perform, reminds me of Frankston during the successful time we had under Brett Lovett," Kennedy said.

Coburg’s positive about future in the VFL

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COBURG  has described Frankston’s demise as a “wake-up call” but says it has a long-term vision, which will ensure it remains viable well into the future.

The debt-ridden Dolphins had their VFL licence for 2017 revoked late last month after the stand-alone club was forced into the hands of ­administrators.

Robbie Fox is one of Coburg’s leading draft hopefuls. Picture: Carmelo Bazzano

Their departure means only four stand-alone sides will compete in the VFL next year — Coburg, Port Melbourne, Williamstown and North Ballarat — with the other 10 either aligned with or fully operated by AFL clubs.

Coburg general manager Craig Lees said the loss of Frankston was disappointing but the Lions were only getting stronger each year and were not going anywhere anytime soon.

“I guess it’s probably more a wake-up call for past players that love their footy club,” he said.

“If you don’t buy a membership or attend functions, you don’t know how long it’s going to be there for.

“You can only talk about how you govern your own footy club and we’ve got a really strong board and really strong sponsors so we’re really in a wonderful position.

“Our attendances have steadily climbed over the three years we’ve been stand-alone so as long as the team remains competitive and we keep producing draftees, we’ll be okay with the support of AFL Victoria.”

Lees said Coburg had established itself as a destination club since going stand-alone three years ago after Richmond broke away from the alignment to start its own VFL side.

“What we’ve done is just work within our means,” he said. “We haven’t been silly with player payments or any of that. We are here to provide that opportunity to TAC Cup players and we want to make sure we continue to build a really strong culture that develops young people.”

Coburg has had two major success stories since going alone, with Adam Saad drafted to Gold Coast Suns in 2014 and Michael Hartley finding his way to Essendon last year. There is interest in Lions Luke Ryan, Tom Goodwin and Robbie Fox heading into next month’s drafts.


From The Sunday Age
Reported by Brent Diamond
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VFL stand-alone clubs Coburg and Port Melbourne have proven they are finals' material after resolute victories on Saturday.

To the contrary of most football pundits who believed that AFL stand-alone clubs would dominate against teams made up of part-time footballers, the Lions and Borough knocked off Footscray and Essendon respectively – in another major step forward for the competition.

Coburg are in the mix to make their first finals series, since splitting with former AFL affiliate Richmond, while Port Melbourne are pushing for the top four. Of course, reigning premier Williamstown are in second position, again flexing their muscle under coach Andy Collins.

The Seagulls and Borough have both won VFL flags over the past six seasons as stand-alone VFL clubs. Coburg's rise – along with some competitive rigour and drive from Frankston and North Ballarat (albeit being on the bottom of the ladder) – has the competition in a healthy state.

Bulldogs VFL coach Ash Hansen believes playing against VFL stand-alone clubs assists with the development of their younger players.

Reported by Chris Cavanagh and Tim Michell for the Moreland Leader
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CALDER Cannons talent manager Ian Kyte would always toe the company line.

He would tell TAC Cup graduates who were not drafted by AFL clubs their best option was to head to VFL side Coburg, a traditional pathway club.

But deep down, he did not always believe what he was saying.

“Before I would be recommending that was a place that kids continue their career but I’m not sure I believed it myself,” Kyte said.

After splitting from its alignment with Richmond at the end of the 2012 season, some suggested Coburg would not survive a year as a stand-alone club.

How things have changed.

The Lions have thrived under the leadership of general manager Craig Lees and coach Peter German and building stronger bridges with the Cannons has been crucial to their success.

At least 22 of Coburg’s 60 listed players this year will be Calder graduates.

“If you look back to when Germo and I first got there at the start of 2014 there was maybe five Cannons on the list,” Lees said.

“No one wanted to go there. It wasn’t a pathway. So we’ve done really well.”

By the end of the 2014 season, Lees and German had a story to sell.

Pssst: The VFL team with Muslims and a Jew

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Have you heard the one about the Jew and the Muslim? At Coburg it's no joke. Already a club with a reputation for promoting multiculturalism, the Lions took things one step further last week when they signed forward Jake Lew from amateur club AJAX.

Lew is Jewish, and is set to line up next year in perhaps the most ethnically diverse forward line ever assembled. Lew's signature follows that of former St Kilda goalsneak Ahmed Saad, a Muslim, who returns to state ranks to play alongside mates Danny Younan and Ozgur Uysal. Younan was born in Australia to a Lebanese mother and Syrian father, while Uysal is a Turk. The Lions' forward line also includes Lech Featherstone, who as detailed last year in Pssst, was named after a Polish union leader of the 1980s.