Wattles appoint Riddiford as coach
TWO players from North Queensland will link with Wattles next season after the appointment of Ken Riddiford as the new A-grade rugby league coach.
Riddiford, an uncle of Australian and Queensland prop Carl Webb, lives at Meringandan north of Toowoomba, and was attracted to apply for the Wattles job by two close friends who are involved with the Allora/Clifton-based club.
Riddiford played A-grade rugby league at Quilpie, Dirranbandi and then Tara in the Dalby competition before sustaining a broken back and neck in a car accident at the age of 21 which ended his career.
Two years later, he started coaching. He has been A-grade coach of the Rosewood Roosters and Booval Swifts in the Ipswich competition during a long coaching career.
In 2009, he coached the Ipswich Diggers under-22 side during the representative season.
Riddiford said he was attracted to the Wattles club by the genuine nature of people in the country.
“They don't dwell on negatives and are happy for a commitment to be sealed with a handshake,” Riddiford said.
In 2004, he worked as the development officer for the South West division before concentrating on work commitments in training, education and youth work. Currently he works part-time for the Condamine Alliance and the Mt Gravatt Institute of TAFE as well as running his own business Constructing Futures.
He has some helpers lined up to help with A-grade at Wattles and all are currently talking to prospective players.
“We have a couple lined up from up north and I am talking to players from Ipswich,” Riddiford said.