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 Details:

                Event:                   GMCA 30th Dinner

                Date:                     Sunday 1 October 2017

                Venue:                 Cobram & Barooga Golf Club

                Time:                     4:00pm

For more information please contact AFL Goulburn Murray Football Development Manager Greg Liddell on 5823 9806


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