BFL: caretaker coach says Sebastopol's has plenty to prove

Wayne Sheridan

Wayne Sheridan

CARETAKER Sebastopol coach Wayne Sheridan says the Kookaburras need to prove to the football world they are not dead and buried.

Taking over as head coach last Sunday after the axing of Phil Carman on Saturday night, Sheridan has promised to make sweeping changes this week in his first game in charge of Sebastopol.

Stepping up from his role in charge of the under-18.5s, Sheridan brings a wealth of coaching knowledge to the position, having won senior premierships at Springbank and Carngham-Linton, as well as guiding Mount Clear to an under-16.5 flag last year.

He says Saturday’s match against Melton is of utmost importance for the club in terms of sending out a message to the Ballarat Football League world.

“It’s very important to show the football public that all is not lost and we can come back from where we are at the moment,” Sheridan said.

“It will be a good chance to show the public we can still be competitive.”

Sheridan says he has been monitoring the senior team throughout the year, particularly in the latter end of the season, and will come in with a raft of ideas he hopes will turn the club’s fortunes around.

In its last 52 BFL games, Sebastopol has one just one match and has not tasted victory since round 8,

2012.

The Burra only has two games left in 2014, coming up against Melton this week, before facing the bye and then Ballarat to close out the 

season.

“You may see quite a few players running around in different positions. Obviously there needs to be some changes,” Sheridan said.

“I’ve been keeping a close eye on the team throughout the season. I came back this year after being away for quite a few years, but my heart still lies with Sebastopol.”

Sheridan says he has not yet decided if he will put his hand up for the permanent coaching position that had become vacant, insisting his only thoughts have been about this week’s game.

patrick.nolan@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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