Bannan steps down

Tim Bannan (Supplied)

Tara Murray

Lancefield coach Tim Bannan has made the decision to step away from the Riddell District Football League club.

The Tigers announced on social media that Bannan had made the decision to step away from the role after their loss to Woodend-Hesket.

It’s been a tough season for the Tigers, who sit without a win after 11 rounds. Against the Hawks, the Tigers lost by three points in a low scoring affair.

“Following Lancefield’s narrow loss yesterday our senior men’s football coach, Tim Bannan announced he would step down from the role effective immediately,” the club said on social media.

“Coaching is a tough, all consuming job, even more so when a team is struggling for wins and hampered by injuries.

“Few could appreciate the stresses involved in such a role, as such we understand Tim’s decision and appreciate the difficulty he would have had in coming to that decision.”

“Tim was a passionate advocate for blooding our young players and gave a huge number of players their first taste of senior football as part of their development.

“This will have long term benefits for Lancefield FNC that will be felt for many years to come.

“The LFNC committee thanks Tim and his family for their contribution to our club over the last two years and they will always be welcomed back as important members of our club.”

The club said their assistant coaches would take on the senior coaching role for the interim.

Planning for next season will also begin.

“Planning for 2025, in terms of a permanent coach and recruiting will start in earnest over the coming days,” the club said.

“We are excited by the development of our young players and believe we are well placed to improve sharply in 2025.”