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Tigers Heading in the Right Direction
Written by David Redden
After taking over as Gosford Tigers President, Gavin Cornish is confident that the club is moving in the right direction.
Gosford Juniors & Seniors have recently combined to form one club. When asked about the transition to one entity, Cornish stated “these things never run easily, but we made the decision to become one club as we were very concerned that our volunteers would become burnt out, and that by being the one club, we weren’t duplicating processes and we thought that by being one Club, we could put a focus on brand management from our juniors all the way through the Club. Most people were happy when we outlined our plans for the combined Club and the change has gone through relatively smoothly. We are very confident that after the initial transition period, we will be able to build a really strong club once again”.
Taking on the Presidency was part of a planned change of management orchestrated by former President Mal Barsing from the middle of the 2017 season.
“I am a Life Member of the Club, and have spent a few years away from the club, working interstate and in South Africa for a Telco company. Mal asked me during last year if I wanted to be involved again, wanting a fresh approach to the leadership of our Club. He was wanting to take a step back, I thought about his proposal for a few months and then it happened quite quickly from there”. Cornish will also be assisting with coaching the Club’s Reserve Grade side this season.
Cornish was very happy to advise that the Gosford Tigers have a new sponsor signed on for the next three years; the Elanora Hotel in East Gosford. “Both our Club and the Elanora Hotel are really excited with our three-year arrangement, we feel the Club and Hotel are a very good fit for another and that this gives something really strong and positive to work on over the next three years at least. We have a lot of our players that live in the East Gosford area so it makes perfect sense to have the Elanora on board”.
Gavin Cornish was philosophical when asked about the significant changes to the Black Diamond Cup competition and indeed the BDAFL for the 2018 season and beyond. “We probably weren’t 100% on the proposed changes at the end of last year. Now, we that playing in the best competition gives the Tigers a real crack at getting back to playing traditional football and a great chance to build a successful club culture back up.
We know that there will be some big challenges throughout the year, but we feel that playing in the Cup will be a massive opportunity for us. The League faces some interesting times ahead, but with 11 clubs now having the ability to play in the premier division, in time we believe that in time, the Black Diamond Cup will be a very well-contested and even competition.”
The return to the Club of talented local juniors Josh Barty and Adam Lyons is the start of what Cornish believes will be other club juniors returning to play at Adcock Park. “Having them back at the Club is a massive win for us, it proves the theory that by going up to the next level, people want to come back to play for their home Club. They will also be a great mentors for our players, our average age of the Black Diamond Plate side in 2017 was 21, so we have youth on our side”.
Despite the loss of a number of key players, Cornish expects the side to perform well.
“Gosford’s GE Womens Competition League Best & Fairest Alison Parkin has returned to playing in Sydney, Tarryn O’Hehir (moved Interstate) & Rachael Elcoate are also not playing with us in 2108”. Cornish said.
“Despite this we are very confident that our Womens list will get into the Finals again, under the expert coaching of Simon Berry.”
Gosford open their campaign on April 7 against arch rivals Wyong Lakes at Don Small Oval.
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