New energy at the Power

Updated: February 6, 2016
New Newcomb coach Rory Nicol directs traffic at training this week. Picture: AL PACKER
New Newcomb coach Rory Nicol directs traffic at training this week. Picture: AL PACKER

New Newcomb coach Rory Nicol directs traffic at training this week. Picture: AL PACKER

FOR eight years it has been easy to focus on the negatives at Newcomb Football Club.

Finding positives was like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

But just three months into his tenure as coach of the reigning wooden-spooner, Rory Nicol is taking heart from little victories.

“Certainly some of the individuals have come along since I first walked in the door. They’re fitter and they’ve improved, so that’s satisfying as a coach already,” Nicol said.

“You don’t need to play games of footy to have wins.

“But probably the most pleasing thing is the morale of the place.

“What they’ve come from is pretty scarring, and a couple of blokes have jumped off, and that’s fine.

“We just want to move forward with the ones we wanted to.

“Their resilience and attitude is really pleasing, and I respect them a hell of a lot.”


Nicol isn’t making any grand statements about what the Power hopes to achieve in 2016.

They play Portarlington, which made some improvements of his own in 2015, in Round 1, but he says what happens against the Demons won’t define his club’s 2016 season.

“We’ve already made inroads and we’re comfortable where we’re at so far,” Nicol said.

“As long as we’re progressing and doing things the right way, it’ll take as long as it takes.

“If we can come out in Round 1 and put on a good show, then that’s great.

“If not, we just go back to the drawing board and we’ll stick at it, and we’ll keep teaching the kids how to play foot.

“So there’s certainly no expectation on Round 1.

“There’s no expectations on me as a coach, and there’s certainly none on the players.

“All I’ve asked of them is to get themselves in the best possible condition they can be in for Round 1, and how we go is how we’ll go.”

Despite having 45 points to play with under the new system, the Power hasn’t recruited outside its means, preferring to focus on developing a number of youngsters that were part of the Colts team that played in the Division 4 grand final last year.

“We’ve been able to sign 11 of them for a couple of years,” Nicol said.

“They’ve bought into the club. That’s a big tick for the footy club.”


Among those to join the club are Andrew Steel, Scott Quinney and Daniel Jabornik, bringing with them senior experience at GFL club St Albans, and Jack Hudson from Leopold, who also spent time with the Geelong Falcons.

Aidan Bell (Tatyoon) and Nathan Wilson (Allansford) have also played senior football, while Nicol has also been impressed with former South Barwon midfielder David Sanzaro, who trained with VFL club Werribee before Christmas.

“We’ve got a pretty modest budget,” Nicol said.

“It’s not easy, if you talk to any footy club, to attract new players, and we’ve been able to do that pretty well.”

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