The Devils are very pleased to welcome another 3 players to the Senior squad for 2020. Lachie Vaughn and brothers Nick & Cal Mendes are joining the Devils after playing with Ararat in the Wimmera League in 2019.
Lachie Vaughan is a 20yo forward who kicks goals and brings lots of pressure around the footy. Cal Mendes is a talented 22yo winger/midfielder who has played in 3 premierships over his short career, whilst older brother 26yo Nick Mendes, who plays back and through the midfield, has played in 2 Premierships and won a few Best & Fairests over his career.
Recruiting for season 2020 has been strongly focused on adding players with plenty still to offer over the next few seasons and beyond. Retaining the current Devils players who are committed to genuine improvement has also been part of the clubs focus.
Senior Preseason training starts Wednesday 20th November at Walker Reserve from 6pm.
Devils are pleased to announce Paul Payne is the Development Coach of
the Devils for 2020. Paul was a very talented footballer in his playing
days having played state level senior footy with Oakleigh(VFA comp) and
senior local footy with Bayswater and us.
Paul’s focus in
leading the Development team is to coach players up to Senior team
standard. Teaching players to play in various roles, and enjoying to
play with the “Team First” attitude is part of that.
Paul previously coached the Devils Development Team (Reserves) a few years back and has been successfully coaching teams at the Junior Devils the past few years. Paul’s ability & values, together with his experience at improving young footballers, is what the club wanted to provide for all our players.
The Devils are pleased to announce Paul Riley will continue as U19 Coach for 2020. It will be Paul’s 4th season in this important role and with many talented players joining the squad for 2020, it is sure to be an exciting year for our young players too.
In 2019, Paul led the team to the finals in EFL U19 Div 1, winning the elimination final before losing in the Semi. Paul’s priority is to prepare our young players for Senior footy and to enjoy the challenge of getting there. Paul will continue to lead our players to play with the “Team First” attitude and enjoy being an important part of the Senior club
And more good news, the Devils welcome Jason Stone to the coaching team at the Senior Club, who will be the U19 Assistant coach. Jason has been successfully coaching different junior teams to Grand Finals the past few years at the Junior Devils, so his ability & experiences are a great addition for our young Senior players.
If you are wanting to play for the U19 Devils in season 2020, please come to our information night on Monday 18th November 6:30PM at Walker Reserve Club rooms. This will be a relaxed & informative session for all U19 players and we welcome mum’s and dad’s and families to come along too. You will meet & hear from the coaches for 2020 and have a look around. You will also hear about what to expect and what it’s like being an important part of the Senior Devils.
The Devils have continued to add quality young players to the squad for season 2020, and are very pleased to announce 24yo Brook Kainey has committed to joining the club.
Brook is a running half back who played all his juniors and seniors with Vermont FC over the past 15 years. He was a Best & Fairest in U17’s & captain of the U19’s before playing about 30 Senior games. Brook has played in 3 premiership teams over his journey and is sure to have an impact at the Devils on & off the field.
There is plenty to get excited about with quality young players like Brook being added to our existing experienced & young players to create a new look Devils in 2020.