Cannons announce leaders

Cannons' leadership group (supplied)

The Calder Cannons have announced that Damon Hollow will lead the club’s boy’s team into the 2024 Coates League season.

Hollow first made his under 18s Cannons debut in 2022 and was made a member of the clubs leadership group last year as a bottom aged player.

He played his junior football at Westmeadows in the Essendon District Football League and is currently aligned with Epping in the Northern Football League where his father Brad is the senior coach.

He was a Vic Metro under 16 representative in 2022 and has also been an EDFL interleague representative during his junior career.

New Cannon’s coach Sam Willatt said Hollow’s care for others is particularly what stood out to him.

“Damon brings his ability to connect with people, as well as his professionalism to guide a young group,” he said.

“I have yet to see him play against opposition but his approach to training shows what sort of player he is and why he will be so successful. Off field he drives high standards and provides support to allow people to improve.

I had heard about Damon a fair bit before I joined the club, but what struck me about him is how balanced he is. He treads the fine line of self-belief without having an ego well, which few people can do.”

Making up the leadership group around Hollows is Jayden Nguyen and Isaac Kako as co-vice captains and Nash King, Kieran Gallagher and Hamish Bird as leadership group members.

Cannons’ talent lead Sebastian Spagnuolo​​​​ he was excited and proud to announce the six players as leaders of the club.

“All are very deserving of their new role and were chosen from a high-quality field of talented, respectful and hard-working Cannons’ footballers,” he said.

“The selected leaders will not only represent the playing group very well from a football point of view but they are also a fantastic representation of the current Cannons region and the many diverse backgrounds that it is home to.

“We look forward to the 2024 Coates Talent League season and seeing our onfield leaders and their teammates continue their development as both a team and as individuals and empower them to drive a strong and united culture here at the Cannons.”

Willatt added that all six leaders will bring something different to the table and will work together well.

Damon and the leadership group all demonstrate different skills and qualities that complement each other,” he said.

“Above all, they are six good, well-rounded people who want the best for themselves and their teammates.”

The Cannons are expected to announce their girls’ leaders in the coming weeks.