Two experienced hands will guide the Burnie Dockers into the 2015 season. Veteran midfielder Kade Munday will captain the State League team, ably assisted by Darren Banham as vice-captain, with Jason Laycock and Brad Harvey also in leadership roles. Former premiership player Ben Hayes has returned to the club and has been bestowed captaincy of the new NWFL side after a four-year stint at Darwin Football Association club Ridgley. New TSL coach Clint Proctor said Munday was a standout candidate to lead the team, which missed out on a finals berth last year. “We sat down as a coaching group and voted on our leadership group and once that was established, it was a no-brainer who the standout leader was at the club,” he said.
“Kade is the ultimate professional in the way he carries himself at training and on and off the field, so it was a pretty easy decision.”Hayes said it was an honour to be given the captaincy of the club’s new team after being unsure of whether he could handle the increased training workloads.
“The plan originally was to go back, train to Christmas and see how the body felt,” he said.
“But the guys down there were pretty happy with me and I felt like I slotted back in there nicely and have really enjoyed being back there.
“The outside perception of the Burnie Football Club hasn’t been great in the past, but I’ve found it unreal — everyone has been really welcoming.”
The Dockers will hold an intraclub practice match tomorrow night, followed by a hit-out against reigning NWFL premiers Wynyard the following week.
Source: The Advocate Newspaper, February 26, 2015. Journalist Brad Cole.