The most successful under-19 club in the Southern Football Netball League, the Cheltenham Rosellas have hit the ground running with their program for 2019 confirming a number of key coaching and support staff appointments for the upcoming season.
Former 250-game Rosella Daniel Knopers returns to the club as the under-19’s coach and will be ably supported by Adrian Hale. Daniel coached Chelsea Seagulls’ under-19s in 2018 and boasts a strong record as a junior coach with Mordialloc-Braeside. The highly regarded Hale played the majority of his football in the Eastern Football League for Noble Park and will provide a key role mentoring the players to senior football.
Current senior players Richard Ryan and James Carcassi – who coached the Cheltenham Panthers’ under-17 Division One and Division Two teams respectively in 2018, will be involved as assistant coaches to help facilitate the transition from the Panthers to the Rosellas,
“Our senior coach Des Ryan is very passionate about not only developing good footballers but also good quality young men. He has a strong philosophy of creating a pathway for the under 19 players to develop and play senior football which will continue to be a strong focus of the club with culture, community values and game-style to be replicated in all teams,” a buoyant club president John Graham said.
“The standard of the SMJFL Division One competition was exceptional this year and I am confident a lot of the players will end up playing senior football with the key personnel we have put in place to fast track this process.
With a number of players coming from a variety of football clubs in the local area, we are expecting to field our strongest U-19 side in a long time, with the view of going deep into September.
The Club is hosting an U-19 information day for all potential players and parents at the Jack Barker Oval Clubrooms on 18th November 2018.