Fresh voice excites Panthers

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Updated: February 26, 2016
Steve Lewry's impact as coach is already being felt at Bell Post Hill. Picture: AL PACKER
Steve Lewry's impact as coach is already being felt at Bell Post Hill. Picture: AL PACKER

Steve Lewry’s impact as coach is already being felt at Bell Post Hill. Picture: AL PACKER

THE man they affectionately call ‘Stoofa’ may have the toughest gig in local football.

Steven Lewry was announced in November as club legend Brent Grgic’s coaching replacement at Bell Post Hill after a six-year tenure that delivered five premierships.

It’s not exactly Matthew Knights following Kevin Sheedy at Essendon, but all eyes will be on what unfolds at Myers Reserve in 2016.

However, ask any of the multitude of stars at Bell Post Hill about the transition to Lewry, who has played a key off-role for several years as the Panthers’ fitness adviser, and they will tell you it has been seamless.

“I think it’s re-energised the group,” co-captain Joel Page said.

“Grg has set the standard, and we’ve continued with that, but just that fresh voice with Stoofa has added a bit of excitement.

“I think everyone wants to play for him.

“Footy’s about putting medals around your neck, and now with a new coach, everyone wants to do that for him.”

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