Rupo firms up leadership

Rupertswood vs Airport West. Photo By Damjan Janevski. 233496_01

Oliver Lees

Rupertswood has consolidated its leadership for next season with the resigning of four senior coaches.

Last week the club announced Arron Bray would be staying on as coach of the senior men’s football side while Chris Nemeth has committed to continue as leader of the reserves.

Meanwhile Michael Saker and Kiala Ingham will remain as leader of Rupo’s two senior netball teams for 2022.

Rupo president Brad Pietromonaco said he was confident each of the resignings were taking the club in the right direction.

“We’re really pleased, they’ve all done their job and the players are 100 per cent on board,” he said.

“Arron’s been great, he’s bonded well with the players and we’ve also managed to sign up 90 per cent of our senior players too.

“We know we need to go out shopping over the break for some new talent too if we want to compete next year.”

Bray first signed with Rupo at the start of last year after taking over from premiership winning coach Nick Ash.

Bray has Rupo sitting in ninth place with two wins and nine losses in a season that has been interrupted by lockdown restrictions.

It’s been a particularly strong season for Rupo’s top netball side under Saker and player coach Ingham, who are undefeated in division one.

Meanwhile Rupo’s reserves football team sits sixth on the ladder, with six wins and six losses under former premiership player turned coach Chris Nemeth.

“Honestly it’s been a really challenging season with everything going on, so in a way we’re already looking forward to what next season holds,” Pietromonaco said.

The Essendon District Football League and netball league has had to postpone matches in recent weeks due to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne.