Under 16 Boys
Mat will be coaching our U16A team.
How long have you been involved with CSFC for? 8 years with my son Beau playing and 2 years as a player including the 2016 Premiership.
Coaching and previous football experience? 2 years senior coaching and 3 years junior coaching. I played VFL football for 5 years. 12 years in the Ballarat Football League and 2 years in the WRFL.
Goals you hope to achieve for your team in 2020? To develop/educate and grow each player to be better.
Favourite AFL team? The Might North Melbourne Kangaroos
Favourite AFL players? Wayne Carey, Glenn Archer and Ben Cunnington
What do you love the most about coaching? Seeing the kids grow, develop and smile.
How do you motivate your team before a game? By talking to them individually about their role and how I believe and the team believes they can succeed, before the main talk and warm up.
What is you go to message when the game is on the line and a saying you are always known for? Saying known for is See Ball, Get Ball! And message – Need to either take the game on or play skinny and safe.
Who is your pick to win the 2020 AFL Grand Final? The Mighty North Melbourne Kangaroos (wishful thinking)
Mat is pictured here with his beautiful wife Terri.
U16B coach Justin McKenzie also known as Macca. Justin was also the recipient of Club Person of the Year for 2019.
How long have you been involved with CSFC for? 6 years
Previous coaching experience? I have coached at CSFC for 5 years.
Goals you hope to achieve for your team in 2020? Significant improvement in confidence, skills, football knowledge, team awareness, fun and overall health.
Favourite AFL team? Richmond FC Tigers, Go Premiers!
Favourite AFL player? Saint Francis Bourke
What do you love the most about coaching? Seeing the smiles on kids’ faces when they learn and use a new skill or when the kids sing the club song.
How do you motivate your team before a game? I believe some players need loud firing up but most should be able to find their own way of preparing to play. Real firing up comes when you can see individuals aren’t switched on. Firing up in a match is done one on one, with the occasional loud message during breaks to the group. (I don’t think yelling really works)
What is your go to message when a game is on the line? Talk, teamwork, fun. Take the game on. The mistakes made are the fault of the coach. More training, the less mistakes.
Who is your pick to win the 2020 AFL Grand Final? Back to back