New faces for Armidale Auskick

From the Armidale Express, 19/01/2009
Dave Dorrian will be taking over from Craig Collins as co-ordinator and head coach of Armidale Auskick for 2009.

A maths teacher at PLC, Dorrian has more than 20 years experience coaching a variety of sports with kids ranging from 5-18 years of age.

He also has a long-standing passion for Australian football, having played for Woollongong University and umpired in the Sydney AFL competition.

Dorrian will be assisted by returning leader coach Darren Ryder who played the game for many years in Western Australia.

After four years with Auskick, the Collins family are moving to Canberra, with Craig and Marion taking up positions with the Australian National University.

“We’re delighted to be passing the baton to Dave and Darren, with their impressive experience, organisational skills and passion for the game”, Collins said.

“The Auskick program sets the standard for junior sport across the country, with the focus on age-appropriate skill development and safety, all while having fun with friends.

“In recent years, Armidale has attracted significant support from the AFL, national sponsor NAB and other local sponsors – and this will no doubt be carried forward into the future.”

An Auskick registration day is planned for Saturday March 28 at the University of New England’s Bellevue Oval from 12noon – 1pm – as part of the annual Tablelands Cup senior football competition.

Regular Auskick sessions are held on Saturdays at Bellevue Oval from noon, commencing on May 2 and continuing until August 29.

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