CKS Swifts joint coaches official

CKS Swifts have confirmed the re-appointment of joint coaches Paul Hanns and Ben Martin for season 2014.

The official re-appointment came this week with CKS Swifts announcing all coaches, both football and netball for the 2014 season.

CKS Swifts president, Robert Carey, said the club was delighted to have Hanns and Martin as joint coaches as he considered they were both good leaders and good coaches.

The appointment is Hanns' third season as coach at Swifts. His first season was as sole coach before being joined by Martin this season.

This will be Martin's second season in the joint coaching role, having crossed to Swifts from Navarre.

The announcement of the 2014 coaches coincides with a review of the club both on and off the field.

"We have gone through the entire club," Robert Carey said.

"We sat down with both Paul Hanns and Ben Martin to identify both the strengths and weaknesses of all players, coaches and the club.

"It was obvious to all we need to start our 2014 season a lot better, rather than hitting our straps halfway through the season.

"As a result a team management group has been formed made up of senior players from within the club in an endeavour to motivate players in areas such as pre-season training.

"We needed to have things set up better," Mr Carey said.

He said the club had already completed four weeks of pre-season training and numbers had been good with up to 25 players on the track.

"Numbers have dwindled a little as we get closer to Christmas, but there has constantly been different faces at training throughout the program.

"There has been a number of regulars including senior players Ricky Whitehead and Jeremy Joiner and a number of borderline senior players who are looking to step up this season.

"We have put it on the players and they have responded. Over the past few seasons we have been close, but not close enough, the challenge is now there.

"It will be interesting to see how many players will step up and how many will fall away."

Pre-season will take a break after next Wednesday and resume again on January 15.

Mr Carey said the club expected to name four new recruits including two from out of town, who have previously played with the club.

He said strong defender Ben Fox had committed to the club for the entire 2014 season,while young onballer Damon Folkes, who had been rumoured as a possible loss, has re-signed.

"Our losses have been minimal, Liam Nuske has crossed to Stawell Warriors, while Lachie and Jacob Hamilton have returned to Moyston," Mr Carey said.

CKS Swifts also announced the re-appointment of Terry Croton as selector/junior development officer, who will be assisted by former player Chris Bird.

The club has also appointed a first year reserves playing coach in Jordan Ralph.

Ralph replaces Jamie Britten, who will remain as a player with the club.

Mr Carey said Ralph shows great leadership qualities and he will be assisted by Wes Oosthuizen and has a bench assistant in Steve Davis, who will also play a mentoring role.

Swifts have appointed Harry Murray as the club's under 17 coach and Brian Calovic as the under 14 coach.

CKS Swifts A grade netballers will be coached by Nicole Harding and Kristy Yole in season 2014.

Peta Folkes has been appointed B grade coach and Sharyn Salmi the C grade coach.

Junior netball coaches are Kristy Yole and Isabella Robson - under 17, Nicole Harding and Jane Johnston - under 15, Tania Crawford - under 13 and Jo Orr - Mods.

CKS Swifts under 14 and under 17 footballers will have their first pre-season run at North Park at 3pm on Sunday.

The training session will be followed by a club barbecue to commence at 5pm with all players, partners and supporters invited to attend.

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