While the fanfare surrounding Melton South’s appointment of decorated football-figure Brendan Fevola as co-coach was overwhelming, he takes the reins with a man with significant credentials in his own right.
Sean Triplett boasts an extensive involvement among the AFL ranks and will bring valuable knowledge to the Panthers.
Triplett worked in recruiting and as a match-day tactician for numerous clubs, beginning his AFL tenure at North Melbourne in 1999 under Denis Pagan.
He then followed Pagan over to Carlton where his relationship with Fevola spawned.
He spent six years at the Blues continuing to work alongside Pagan as well as Brett Ratten.
Triplett then took his expertise over to the Western Bulldogs where he contributed to the Dogs most recent period of sustained success where it made three consecutive preliminary finals from 2008 to 2010. He was in charge of match-day match-ups among other roles under head coach Rodney Eade.
His fourth club saw him help develop Greater Western Sydney’s initial squad, where he helped put together the club’s core group of 17-year-old’s including Jeremy Cameron and Dylan Shiel.
In the Giants’ first season in the AFL in 2012, Triplett worked alongside Kevin Sheedy and Mark Williams as the club’s head recruiting scout.
Most recently he has taken a step back from the elite level due to time commitments and returned to his home club of Deer Park where he spent three years – winning three consecutive premierships.
Triplett said his partnership with Fevola was a strong one and the pair shared very similar philosophies on the game and how it should be played and was confident they could get Melton South heading in the right direction.
“They want success,” Triplett said.
“We’re up for the challenge … you can try and promise and tell them (the supporters) everything but you’ve got to see actions and I think they’ve seen some actions over the last 24 hours.
“We think alike, our footy philosophies are the same, we know what’s required.
“We’ve got similar game styles. We want to put a game style in place that the young kids will learn and grow from.”
Triplett was excited to begin working with the club’s youth and felt that while the club has had minimal success over the last few years the exposure it has given to its young core at senior level could prove beneficial once accompanied by some senior bodies.
“It’s crazy to think they played in an under-18.5 grand final three years ago and about 15 of them play in the seniors now.
“There wouldn’t be many sides in Victoria let alone Australia that have that.”
Melton South finished on the bottom of the Ballarat Football League ladder without registering a win.