VFL Cats finalise coaching staff

Updated: November 16, 2015
New Geelong VFL coach Shane O'Bree will make his debut in the Cats' Round 2 clash with Northern Blues at Simonds Stadium. Picture: AL PACKER
Shane O'Bree will lead a new-look Geelong VFL coaching panel. Picture: AL PACKER

Shane O’Bree will lead a new-look Geelong VFL coaching panel. Picture: AL PACKER

LOCAL great Glenn Wallace has joined five-time Bell Post Hill premiership mentor Brent Grgic as new faces on the Geelong VFL coaching staff.

They join Daniel Lowther and Mark Hovey as assistants to newly-appointed coach Shane O’Bree.

“Our VFL team will be a young group, and we were looking for coaches that have the ability to work with players making their way in the game,” Cats VFL boss Troy Selwood said.

“All of these coaches have experience working with young players and have enjoyed significant success in both development and results in their coaching careers.

“They all have local ties and understand how important the VFL program is to the club, and also to the young local players looking to maximise their potential.

“This should be an exciting season and with the experience these men add along with Shane O’Bree, the VFL players will be in good hands in 2016.”

Wallace was a star player with South Barwon in the GFL, winning the 2000 Mathieson Medal and was co-coach with Dale Amos of the Swans 2005 premiership team.

He then took Thomson to the 2008 GDFL flag and most recently has been coach of the GFL interleague team.

Grgic, who played in Geelong’s 2002 VFL flag, guided the Panthers to premierships in 2010-12 and 2014-15, after a 90-game AFL career with the Cats and Melbourne.

Hovey, who played in premierships with South Barwon and Modewarre locally, coached St Joseph’s for three years, which included the 2009 GFL grand final.

He has spent five years as the VFL Cats bench coach and will now move into the box in a line coaching role.

Lowther, who played 34 games with Geelong, spent last years as defensive coach having previously spent time with the Geelong Falcons and Vic Country under-18s.

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