Crackers Keenan To Headline 30th Coaches Association Dinner
Peter ‘Crackers’ Keenan will be the guest speaker at the 30th Annual Goulburn Murray Coaches Association dinner at Cobram Barooga Golf Club on Sunday October 1.
The annual event recognises and awards coaches in all age groups across all Leagues in the region and is reaching a special milestone in 2017 with its 30th year celebration.
Keenan played 213 games with Melbourne, Essendon and North Melbourne and is currently an Assistant Coach at Port Melbourne. He is also commentates AFL games on the National Indigenous Radio Service (NIRS) and is a regular guest on 774 ABC every Friday. He is famous for his mind games and rants to gain an advantage over his opponents and for his colourful personality and forthright opinions.
AFL Goulburn Murray Football Development Manager Greg Liddell recognises the role the dinner plays to recognise coaches.
“There are a lot of coaches out there that go unrewarded for what they do for football and this night recognises the time and effort and the wonderful leadership that our coaches give to the game” he said.
“Coaching is such a crucial of football and the more we can do to guide and assist coaches in their roles, the more our players will benefit.”
“Crackers Keenan was the guest at our very first dinner in 1987 so it will be a great homecoming for him to come along and be a part of the GMCA’S 30th birthday.”
“He is an ornament to the game and will add a very colourful perspective to the night with his insights and humour.”
2017 Goulburn Murray Coaches Association Nominations
Auskick Centre of the Year
Michael Emanuelli Mooroopna
John McKeown Nagambie
Stephen Townsend Tongala
Junior Coach of the Year (U12 and below)
Andrew Hipwell SGR Giants Shepparton District JFL
Jason O’Brien Tabilk Seymour District JFNL
Daryl Poole Echuca United Goulburn Campaspe JFL
Female Coach of the Year
Jorja Daniel Finley Shepparton District JFL
Youth Coach of the Year (U13 to U18)
Robert Bourke Tocumwal Picola District FNL (NW)
Kurt Brereton Leitchville/Gunbower Goulburn Campaspe JFL
Des Hicks Shepparton United Goulburn Valley L
Jason Kerr Cobram Murray FL
Tony Pellegrino Shepp Notre Shepparton District JFL
Brendan Redfern Euroa Seymour District JFNL
Matt Stephens Rennie Picola District FNL (SE)
Craig Thompson Murchison-Toolamba Kyabram District FNL
Senior Coach of the Year
Sean Horsburgh Violet Town Kyabram District FNL
Craig Kellow Nathalia Murray FL
Mick McInnes Echuca Northern Country WL
Paul Newman Kyabram Goulburn Valley L
Jeremy O’Brien Tungamah Picola District FNL (SE)
Jonathon Varcoe Picola United Picola District FNL (NW)
Event: GMCA 30th Dinner
Date: Sunday 1 October 2017
Venue: Cobram & Barooga Golf Club
For more information please contact AFL Goulburn Murray Football Development Manager Greg Liddell on 5823 9806