While the cancellation of the 2020 Toyota NEAFL season has ended Redland Football Club’s season on the field it’s created a wonderful opportunity for two of the club’s coaching staff to join forces with Victoria Point Sharks Junior Football Club by coaching the next wave of talent coming through the Sharks ranks.
Jarrod Keogh (Diesel) Redland Football Club’s Forwards Coach and Darryl Steven (Dash) Redland Football Club’s Opposition Analyst will coach the Sharks Under 16’s in the hybrid AFL South-East Queensland Junior Competition commencing in mid-July.
Both Jarrod and Darryl filled the void when Bomber defender Stephen Mills had to step down from the role after a new employment opportunity and aligning with QAFL club Broadbeach made it impossible for him to make training nights. In further great news “Millsy” has committed to a matchday role to assist Jarrod and Darryl.
Jarrod and Darryl are highly credentialed Level 2 Coaches and bring a wealth of experience to their respective roles. Jarrod spent time at the Brisbane Lions under Michael Voss before joining the Bombers to firstly assist Leigh Harding and more recently Phil Carse.
Darryl has vast senior coaching experience in NSW and Queensland and played a pivotal Development role with the South-East Bushrangers through the early 2000’s. He has coached the Bombers Reserves when the competition was structured as such and filled various Assistant Roles under Greg Seton-Lonsdale, Chris David, Leigh Harding, and Phil Carse.
Victoria Point Sharks JAFC Football Operations Officer Tyler Hayes summed up the excitement within the group by stating:
“Finding volunteers to take on coaching roles is a challenging task most clubs face. To have three gentlemen with vast experience and impressive coaching CV’s want to give back to the Junior program goes to show the great relationship the juniors have with our big brother club. Jarrod, Darryl and Stephen have already injected an extreme amount of positivity and knowledge to this group of young men and as a club we’re eager to see how they continue to develop throughout 2020”.
Jarrod, who spent the pre-season with the boys as the Assistant Coach and now the Head Coach, echoed Tyler’s sentiments.
“I am really excited about the year ahead. My son, Zac is in the squad, so I have been watching the majority of the group play each week. I think Millsy has been terrific with the kids and the boys have a good attitude towards the game.”
Part of Jarrod’s coaching philosophy is to ensure the players are growing and developing as young men as well as footballers.
“I’m looking forward to helping the boys develop both as young men and in their football. Part of that is trying to work closely with the Under 18s and get some of the seniors to come help with training,” Jarrod said.
Darryl is also on the quest to help the boys grow and develop, and when Jarrod asked if he wanted to help coach with him, he jumped at the chance.
Darryl said, “These guys are the future of the club. Hopefully, I can pass on some of the knowledge I have picked up over the years. I am really forward to seeing how their games improve over the year and helping them with their skills and understanding of the game.”
The Sharks Under 16’s begin their delayed 2020 campaign on the weekend of 17-19 July.