Inspiring coach returns for Warwick Redbacks men
AUSSIE RULES: Peter Millard has called on all players with an interest in Aussie rules to turn up on Tuesday night at Warwick Credit Union Oval for the first official training run of the season.
Millard coached the club to the 2011 grand final and is in his third stint as senior coach.
The senior coach played 15 seasons for the Redbacks before officially retiring in 2007.
He doesn't like to admit it, but Millard has played a few games since to help out when needed.
Millard returned to top level coaching last season and has high hopes for the 2017 year.
"We have some new players interested in joining the Redbacks this season," Millard said.
"The club had some light training runs at the end of last year.
"Work commitments made it hard for the club last season so there are plenty of positions for prospective new players."
While there is a move on to split the men's competition into two divisions, club president Karen Clarke said the Redbacks supported the status quo, under which all Downs senior clubs were in the one grade last season.
"Having two grades is too difficult.," Millard said.
"The extra teams in one division gives clubs a lot more variety and a lot more teams to play."
The first footy for the season will be the pre-season Cardinal Cup, which will be hosted by South Toowoomba.
Millard said the Cardinal Cup games would be the only pre-season ones this season.
Glenn Mackie is under-14 coach and is set to be assistant senior coach under Millard.
Daniel Phyland will be the U12 coach after helping steer the combined Coolaroo/ Warwick team to the Darling Downs grand final in 2016.
The Elliott sisters, Lisa and Naomi, will jointly coach the U8 and U10 teams.
The Redbacks are still looking for U16 and ladies coaches.
Training for senior men is at 5.30pm each Tuesday and Thursday at WCU Oval on Jackie Howe Drive.