Troy and Robbie take the reins
The Stanhope Football Netball Club has secured the services of Tatura Premiership midfielder Robbie Montgomery as playing Coach for the 2018 Season. Montgomery is a well credentialed player who will team up with Troy Auld to lead the Lions going forward.
Montgomery has a long list of achievements to his name showing his talent as a junior winning the Shepparton Junior Football League Under 16s League Medal before progressing to the TAC Cup for two seasons where in 2004 he finished Runner Up in the Murray Bushrangers Best & Fairest.
Known for his speed, skills and ability to kick a running goal Montgomery progressed to play from 2005 to 2008 with Goulburn Valley Football League Club the Shepparton Swans. It was a period where Montgomery continued to make his mark playing in the Goulburn Valley Football League representative team in 2006 and was a key member in the Swans 2007 Runner Up side.
In 2009 he moved to Cairns where he was successful in winning the Cairns City Cobras Best & Fairest before he returned to Victoria. He played the 2010 with Violet Town in the Kyabram League and again he was successful in winning another Best & Fairest. He made the move back to the Goulburn Valley ranks for the 2011 Season with a Tatura Bulldogs and stayed with the Dogs until the conclusion of the 2014 Season. He was a pivotal part of the Bulldogs 2012 Premiership Triumph being named amongst the best players on Grand Final day against Seymour. Montgomery shared in the Best Clubman award in 2014 with current Stanhope player James Fraser and he also had a taste of Coaching when he coached the Tatura Under 18's in the same season.
In 2015 he had a positive experience in the Murray League with Numurkah before moving back to Tatura for the past two Seasons. Asked what motivated him to join the Lions ranks Montgomery said ''The reason I’ve chosen Stanhope was due to the opportunity to learn more aspects of coaching from an experienced coach, I also know that Stanhope have a good history of playing finals footy and as I'm coming to an end of the my career I'd like to opportunity to play more finals and hopefully be able to win another flag”
Troy Auld has been more a familiar face around the club over the years having played his entire junior footy with the Lions and then went on to be a part of the 2003 & 2008 senior premierships. His Coaching experience includes two Premierships with the Bridgewater Football Club and a Runner Up with Stanhope in 2013. He was also a successful Coach at Interleague level when he coached the Loddon Valley to victory of the Maryborough League in 2011.
Troy is extremely excited to begin coaching again although it wasn’t on the radar at first. ''When Hoota (Brenton Gray) had decided to finish up I had a some players and supporters encourage me to apply for the role so at that point I started to give it some serious thought.” Troy explained
“It is a massive commitment but Robbie and I have created a coaching model that we think can work effectively and share the load. Hoota did a great job having the Senior team in the finals action for the past 4 years and we will look too; a) Stabilise the list and b) implement some new ways to go about our preparation and methods game day to promote a high level of player engagement.”
“It’s also exciting for us to have Mark Patten in the Reserves role and Dean Wileman in the Under 18's to continue the development and our Junior Academy.”
A Christmas Party/Meet the Coaches event will be announced soon.