U18 TAC Cup Squad

The Northern Knights welcomed local football club coaches to Preston City Oval on Tuesday Night to the club’s first ever Heritage Night.

The Heritage Night gave over 50 club, school coaches and administrators in the Northern Metropolitan area a chance to closely watch a standard Northern Knights Tuesday Night Training Session, complete with a Game Review from the weekend’s draw against GWV Rebels and as well as a presentation from High Performance Manager Anthony Pierobon.

Northern Knights Talent Manager Rhy Gieschen said whilst the concept of the night isn’t anything new, was realty pleased with the outcome.

“We’ve made a real focus this year of engaging and thanking the local clubs in the region for all the hard work they have done with our playing group to get them to the level they are at when they come into our program.” Gieschen said.

“Local coaches, volunteers and club staff do a fantastic job running the clubs in the region. We wanted to take the opportunity for our playing group to recognise their local club, and also give our local coaches some insight into how our program runs.”

The night also presented a great opportunity for Knights’ players to get a chance to represent their local football and school teams by training in their teams’ jumper.

Coach Justin Wenke, sporting a Marcellin College jumper from his old school football days was pleased with the interaction of the coaches and the playing group.

“Yeah it was great to be able to interact with the coaches on the training ground and get their feedback on drills. [It also] was really positive to see them asking questions and taking an interest in our program.” Wenke said.

“I think our players wearing local club jumpers and inviting their coaches down gives them confidence to know that the Knights are invested in their local clubs, and that we are one united with their entire football journey.”

AFL Victoria’s Community Development Manager for the Northern Region Phiv Demetriou, said coaches were extremely satisfied with the opportunity to experience a higher level of coaching.

“The fact that coaches had the opportunity to attend an elite training session, combined with a match review really opened their eyes as to what happens at the TAC Cup Level.” Demetriou said.

“Coaches who I spoke to, were absolutely ecstatic and amazed as to what the players are a part of in an exclusive program. It was a very positive evening and a fantastic outcome for the region. Full credit must be given to all staff at the Northern Knights for making it such a successful evening”