Eagles back coaches to lead club in 2020

Western Eagles president Rob Montano is bullish about the club’s future and says football officials didn’t hesitate in re-appointing co-coaches Grant Armistead and Craig Hardingham for next year.

Western Eagles president Rob Montano is bullish about the club’s future and says football officials didn’t hesitate in re-appointing co-coaches Grant Armistead and Craig Hardingham for next year.

Montano revealed yesterday the Irrewillipe-based club had committed to giving Armistead and Hardingham a second season at the helm in 2020, after taking over from Paul Price at the end of last year.

The senior team has yet to win a game this season, while the reserves have notched up just the one victory.

But the Eagles’ under-18, under-15 and under-13 outfits have won a combined 28 games in the junior grades in 2019, and are on track to play finals in all three competitions.

Montano said that while it was disappointing the club had gone through another tough season results wise in the senior competition, he was confident the club was headed in the right direction.

The side broke a 55-game losing streak in round one of 2018, but have failed to win since, with its current streak sitting at 30 losses following Saturday’s 129-point defeat at the hands of Apollo Bay.

Hardingham, who retired from playing last season, has committed to coaching the under-18 side as well this season, leading a squad of about 30 players to seven wins in the top-age junior competition.

Impressive footballer Armistead joined the club last year from North Geelong and remains a key part of the playing group in 2019.

“Unfortunately, your football club’s judged from 2 o’clock to 4.30 with whether you’re successful or not,” Montano said.

“I think football clubs are a little more than that and I would put our club up against anyone in terms of juniors.

“Our netballers are fantastic as well, our juniors should play finals and our senior netballers are on the edge of the five.

“We’re pretty excited out there and the Western Eagles footy club is tracking a lot better than what some people think.”

Montano said club officials would work hard ahead next season to bolster its list.

But he was confident Hardingham and Armistead would also start to see promising results from homegrown footballers at senior level in the coming seasons.

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