Ex-AFL star to coach Tigers

High-profile former AFL triple premiership player Paul Chapman will coach Kyneton senior footballers next season.
Chapman, 38, is now a Macedon Ranges resident and is thrilled to join the Tigers after coaching Werribee Districts and Greenvale Jets since retiring from the AFL with a record of 280 senior games (251 with Geelong and 29 with Essendon) behind him.
The strong and versatile forward and midfielder was twice an All-Australian, won a Norm Smith Medal, and was in three AFL premiership sides with the Cats.
Kyneton’s football manager Nathan Thompson, also a former AFL player who grew up in Kyneton, said the club was thrilled to obtain the services of Chapman, whose appointment was announced earlier this month.
“Paul is a quality person who has shown a fantastic energy and commitment towards his new role as senior coach,” Thompson said.
“We are really looking forward to him getting all of the players together to start the development of our playing group.”
Travel and work commitments led to Chapman resigning from the coaching job at Greenvale – in the top tier of the Essendon and District Football League – in 2019. He had taken the Jets to the 2018 grand final.
Chapman will instantly be one of the highest profile coaches in the Bendigo League next season, and he is particularly keen to build on the young talent in the Tigers’ ranks to maximise their potential.
Kyneton is currently seeking Reserves and Under 18 boys’ football coaches, describing the roles as fantastic opportunities to work alongside the new senior coach.
With the COVID-19 pandemic ruining the 2019 season, the Tigers hope to be full of enthusiasm and ready to go and make an impact in the BFL in 2020.
The Tigers are currently advertising for expression of interest in netball, with priority to obtaining a knowledgeable netball director.
Coaches for the A, A Reserve, B, B Reserve and 17&Under netball teams are also being sought.
Expressions of interest close next Wednesday, October 21.

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