New coach follows father-in-law’s path

New Colac Tigers co-coach Rowan McSparron will follow in the footsteps of father-in-law Guy Permezel when he begins his coaching career with the club tomorrow.

New Colac Tigers co-coach Rowan McSparron will follow in the footsteps of father-in-law Guy Permezel when he begins his coaching career with the club tomorrow.

The Tigers will celebrate their roots with a Coragulac Heritage Day tomorrow and, fittingly, Permezel was the Coragulac Hawks’ last senior coach in 1979 before they merged with the Colac Tigers the following year.

Permezel featured in Colac-Coragulac’s 1980 Hampden league grand final win against Terang before the family moved to Apollo Bay the following year

“He was Coragulac’s last coach, he played in the 1980 premiership then he moved to Apollo Bay to coach from ‘81 and the family’s been there ever since,” McSparron said.

McSparron’s decorated football career began at Apollo Bay, where he met his future wife Bianca Permezel.

The couple has two children; Wade, 20, and Tyler, 16, who play football and netball at McSparron’s former Bellarine league club Geelong Amateur.

Rowan played in a junior flag at Apollo Bay in 1997 alongside future senior stars like Marty White, Cameron Tate and his brother Alan, before winning the first of six senior premierships with the Bay in ‘99 as a teenager.

Work took Rowan and Bianca to Geelong the following year where they joined Geelong Amateur, where he played in another flag in ‘04.

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