Sharks 2018 Elite Coaches Announced
Following on from a tremendous 2017 campaign, Sharks Touch is proud to announce our top division coaches for season 2018.
Premiership winning coach, Nick "Peck" Pecchiar (pictured) returns to the fray as our M1 coach, and will be pulling no punches in his quest for an historical back-to-back title; to add to his 2015 & 2017 premierships with Sharks. The premiers have retained the same squad as last year; and with Qld junior reps Clay Smith, and Jake Bourke knocking on the door, as well as the likes of Jake Riley, Tom Chester, and Aaron Thurlow coming through, the Sharkies certainly look to have the talent & depth to hand coach Peck his 3rd TCHTA title in 4 years. It'll be a busy year for the big fella - as he also puts his hand to the NQ T-League, Northern Schoolboys, and Qld M45 Origin sides .. but it's fair to say he has his sights firmly set on a repeat premiership with Sharks as the pinnacle.
Joining him in the top echelon will be our incumbent W1 coach, Billy Dorrick, back for another stint with the Sharks ladies. The girls in blue and black have had a few unsettled seasons, but look to be slowly finding their feet, and laying the platform for the inclusion of our young guns coming through the ranks in the near future. Dorrick is asst coach of the Qld Origin W30s, and has extensive experience with Townsville & NQ teams; if he can keep his charges together & committed for a full season then expect bigger & better things for the girls in 2018.
Rising super coach, Glen Murphy, and assistant Eddie Pardon, will once again take the reigns of the exciting crop of youngsters in W2, who fell just short of a second division premiership in 2017 against a high flying and experienced Crocs outfit. With a majority of this team having played together over the last 12 months, and claiming the 15 and 16 years titles in the Townsville junior season, expectations will be high; but the girls will not allowed to take anything for granted under their astute coaching duo. Murphy was also Asst Coach of the premiership winning W1 Rum Runners side, and will undoubtedly be looking to instil similar winning qualities into his Sharks outfit.
Eddie Pardon is back and will be taking charge of the premiership winning Sharks M2 (Black) side for another season. Having coached the majority if this side to countless junior titles over the years, as well as M3 and M2 titles in recent times, Pardon knows what makes these young boys tick, and he'll be determined to add another title to his impresive coaching resume. NQ Boys 14s, NQ Boys 16s, NQ M40/45s - it's been a busy 12 months for the taskmater coach, and with a few of his boys forcing their way into M1 this may well be the last season many of them play as a unit; so it's fair to say coach Pardon would like to finish the season with another win!
The only change to the top level ranks is the departure of Dylan O'Connor from his M2 (Blue) position; to concentrate on playing, and increasing work commitments. Stepping into the role will be Sharks stalwart, Peter Carter, who returns from a short hiatus the last couple of years to share his vast knowedge and experience with the Sharkies lads. 'Carts' was a member of the inaugural Sharks M1 premiership side of 1989; coached M2 to a premiership in 2002; and has also been a key member of Townsville & NQ sides over many years. Refreshed after a brief break from club duties, Carter is eager to get back into the weekly grind next season and ensure the Sharkies boys remain a force to be reckoned with in 2018.
Sharks takes this opportunity to congratulate these coaches on their appointments, and looks forward to yet another succesful season - both on the field and off.
Pre-season training for the top grades will commence mid Jan .. stay tuned for details.