2017 Coaching Department Update


The Football Department has been very busy indeed over the off season in the naming of four huge additions to the club – all in its coaching department.

Senior Coach – Greg Freemantle

Greg has coached over 250 games of football, starting his career as captain coach for Preston in the VFL. He then moved across to Fitzroy as their fitness coach before becoming a member of the match committee in his final year.

Greg then coached East Ringwood for 7 years in the “Golden Era” in which he won a premiership and had 3 grand final appearances in 1st division. Keeping in the EFL, Greg then took his next challenge to Croydon where he took them to their only ever 1st division grand final.

Gregs last coaching role was at Marcellin in the VAFA (B grade) where they became minor premiers (but missed out on the chocolates) in his 2nd year.

It’s clear success runs through Greg and we are excited that he will be able to take the club to untouched ground.
Bring on 2017.

Supporting Greg, the Club is wrapped to announce Joel Ferguson as our Playing assistant coach for 2017.

Joel has had a decorated career as both a player and a coach. In 2008 he played for Old Trinity in A grade before moving to Highett as playing assistant coach in 2009, under former Sydney Swans player, Steve Wright.

2010 and 11 he became the playing assistant coach at Clayton where he won premierships in both seasons. In 2012 Joel became the senior playing coach at Roxburgh Park, a position he had for 2 seasons and took them to an Elimination final in first year and also made the EDFL team of year.

We welcome Joel to the Bushranger’s coaching staff. We know Joel and Greg will work fantastically together.

Steak, Seegs and Winesy welcoming Greg to the club over a steak (and no doubt a red) at the Warrandyte pub

Steak, Seegs and Winesy welcoming Greg to the club over a steak (and no doubt a red) at the Warrandyte pub

The Reserves will also see an overhaul of their coaching team in 2017. Firstly, the excitement continues to grow for the highly decorated David Mills as he moves into a playing coach role at the club.

David is a premiership player and winner of 3 best and fairests at the club but it is the way he carries himself around and the respect he has from everyone that made him a standout for the role. There is no doubt that David will work well with Greg and the playing group and we know he will get us the results we are after.

Supporting Millsy as his assistant is his good mate, and past Yarra Clubman, Xavier Nowicki. This is an extremely important role as David Mills will be a playing coach and we couldn’t be more excited “X” has agreed to the role.
X has great football knowledge, having played at both Yarra and Croydon, and we know he will bring professionalism and passion to the club in 2017.



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Ant has played footy at Yarra since 2002 and is a founding member of the Ruckman's Conference, Yarra Disco Committee and Yarra Bogus Disco DJs. Ant's on and off-field honours include: 2003 U19 Most Improved Player, 2004 Richie Armstrong Medallist, being a member of the 2012 Reserves Premiership Team and the Reserves 2014 1% Award.

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