Blues kickoff preseason training with hopes of 2020 success

Cowra Blues president and co-coach Chris Day is excited for the club's 2020 season.
Cowra Blues president and co-coach Chris Day is excited for the club's 2020 season.

The Cowra Blues have returned to pre-season training with a new-look coaching line up for the 2020 season.

With the departure of Ben Rodin, the Blues were left with a hole to fill in the top spot - a hole which has two replacements.

"My sister Sarah and I will be coaching both senior grades together," Club President Chris Day said.

"We coached the women together last year and we had a good working relationship and understand what each person brings to the table.

"We'll look to do that across both grades this year, it will make it a bit easier on us. She'll be playing women's and I'll be playing men's so we can alternate roles on game day," he said.

Day said the pair were looking forward to building on the success of getting the men's side back on the park last year and building on player numbers in both sides.

"It was good to be back, it was a struggle for numbers at stages (in 2019) but with a small town like ours I don't think it matters what the sport is, we all seem to be struggling for numbers," he said.

"It was good getting some younger players especially in the men's side and seeing them develop throughout the year.

"Player numbers are what we are looking at, getting fresh blood into the club, but we'll keep developing the women.

"Their skill level came a really long way in the last 12 months so we'll continue to build on that. The same with the guys as well, learning more of the game plan," he said.

Day said the club would have a similar focus towards their junior sides, who enjoyed success in 2019 as back to back Under 12s premiers

"We've been pretty successful with that side of the club though we'd still like to build numbers, that success has been with the bare minimum number of players.

"We'd like to start building them up to 20 to 25 players in each age group which would be ideal.

"We're still trying to get coaches, we've appointed Andrew Hall as 14s coach but are still on the lookout for a 12s coach, youth girls and 17s coach.

"If we can get a coach for those grades we feel we'd be able to field sides in them, if anyone is interested you don't need to know a lot about the game.

"We'll have club people around to help with that side, it's more of a manager role making sure the kids turn up and getting them to games," he said.

Day said the club was now back into preseason training and that anyone interested in playing for the club was welcome to come along to the open sessions.

"Preseason just started this Wednesday, it will be going each Wednesday from 6pm at Twigg Oval for the foreseeable future," he said.

"If anyone is interested or thought about playing turn up to the training we'll have a chat, a kick and muck around and go from there.

"It's only going to be a light introductory session, getting the footy back in our hands.

"We cater for all sorts of skill levels, heights, speeds, it doesn't matter we'll find a spot for anyone wanting a game.

"For anyone that wants to be around the club, we try and do a number of social events so that's another side they can have in joining," he said.