Chirgwin reappointed with hope of better times

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

COURAGEOUS on-baller Jason Chirgwin has been reappointed as senior coach for the RG Gladstone Mudcrabs for season 2006.

The Riverina product shone like a beacon for the Mudcrabs who suffered heavily from a lack of playing numbers during a wretched 2005 AFL Capricornia season.

Chirgwin not only led the way on the field, winning the senior best and fairest, but off it where the Mudcrabs hung tough and were able to avoid the dreaded wooden-spoon.

The 2006 season promises to be a better one for the Mudcrabs with Chirgwin pinpointing a finals spot as a minimum goal.

"We want to make the finals this year, that is the big goal for us,'' Chirgwin said.

"As a team we started to get it together at the end of last year with two wins on the trot and showed what can happen when we actually get a full team of players on the field.

"That shows that the finals can be a realistic goal for us provided we play and train hard.''

Chirgwin is confident the club has the foundation on which to build a senior team together and is hoping to rely on a core of 12 to 14 players.

"Last year we only had six to eight seniors in the team which made it difficult for us,'' he said.

"If we can get together a dozen or 14 players to be senior players and work together, I think it will provide a good foundation.

"The base is certainly there and if a couple of new blokes can stand up, you never know because footy is a funny game.'' The story is much the same for the reserve team, with 2005 coach Aaron Barrett reappointed.

Barrett took the team to fourth spot last year and will be aiming to improve on that next season.

The Mudcrabs have also elected a new committee for 2006, with Jeff Hopkins taking over as president from John Terrick.

Allan Salgado is vice-president, while Bruce Parnaby fills the key role as secretary.



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