The Devils are thrilled to announce Steve Cochrane will be continuing as our Senior Coach for season 2022.
Steve has been in charge since 2019, and his care to see our players progress and enjoy footy is infectious, so we are very keen for him to continue. Together with his outstanding footy insights and preparation, we know our club is in great hands with Steve Cochrane.
Footy always finds a way to challenge people, so its important we have the vast experience and abilities of Steve to lead us. We know this is great news for our players and supporters.
We are a close knit club of mates who love footy and to have Steve commit to leading us again for 2022 is fantastic.
The 2020 Annual General Meeting is on Monday, December 7th , at 7.30pm, Walker Reserve. Due to Covid restrictions numbers will be limited to 20. If you would like to attend, please text Nick Silvester on 0418 874 847. Victorian Government Health Department directives will apply.
Senior Assistant Coach Sam Bates has committed to season 2021 at the Devils under Steve Cochrane. Sam is an integral part of our coaching staff and his experience and leadership is valued by our players and the Club is very happy he is continuing in his role.
Sam played over 300 senior games, including premierships and is an EFNL and Devils Life member. Sam also coached our Development team in 2018.
The Devils are fortunate in having the caliber of Sam coaching our players. His enthusiasm and care for our players well being and development is outstanding. The club is proud to have quality coaches available for all our players.
Paul Riley will continue as the Devils U19 coach for season 2021. The club is excited by the quality and numbers of U19’s players joining the club, and we wanted the experienced and popular Paul Riley in charge of our young future senior players.
It can be a challenging age in football terms, and strong consistent messages are important along with an attitude of genuine support for young players as they transition from boys to men’s footy.
Paul has the skills and experience to make a difference. Paul led the U19’s in 2019 to finals, and whilst we were confident for 2020, we have even more to look forward to in 2021. This will be Paul’s 4th season in charge of our U19’s and the club is proud to have Paul Riley in this role.
Paul Payne will be the Development coach at the Devils for 2021. Paul was appointed for the abandoned 2020 season, so we are very pleased he has committed to the club for 2021.
The development of players from U19 to Senior level is a vital role in all clubs. Paul has the skills and experience to help our younger players develop into senior footballers, and we are very pleased he will be involved in 2021.
Paul was a Devils player, who also played footy at VFA level back in the day. Paul has been coaching junior teams in recent years, but he has plenty experience at senior level having coached the Devils to finals previously.
Keeping the Devils strong for 2021 With the 2020 season abandoned, our focus is now on season 2021. Previously we told you Senior Coach Steve Cochrane has committed to season 2021. We are also pleased to report we expect to retain most senior and U19 players on our list under the new conditions (significant salary cap reduction) the league has put in place. We are well placed to resume training and prepare for 2021 as soon as we are allowed.
As most of our supporters appreciate, there are a number of costs that continue regardless of a season being played, but the club has been able to meet its obligations. However, we do need to raise funds so we can continue to be a strong and viable club in Division 1. So, we are running a special cash raffle for 2020,
We are urging all supporters and players to chip in if they can to help keep the Devils stay strong for 2021 and grab a chance to win $4,000 in cash. 1st ticket drawn is the winner, but there is a 2nd & 3rd cash prize too.
We are only selling 250 tickets, and we encourage those who can to buy multiple tickets instead of their usual membership – but only if you can. The winner will be drawn at 6pm October 31st 2020.
To buy, please transfer to the clubs bank account $100 per ticket with your name as the reference. The sooner the better if possible: