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Heath's Fiery Welcome

By , 14 January 2009

Heath's Fiery Welcome
Heath's Fiery Welcome

Back Page of today's Redcliffe Herald

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Grant Heath, Darren Halley & Steve Brown.

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The article reads:

New Redcliffe Tigers coach Grant Heath expects a baptism of fire in his first season in charge of a senior side.

After clinching the AFLQ State Association Div 2 grand final last year, the Tigers will go from the hunters to the hunted in 2009. It will be a fierce battle from start.

Redcliffe has drawn Beenleigh, it's 2008 Grand Final opponent, in what will be a tantalising season opener at Rothwell Park on March 28.

Heath has joined the Peninsula club from Caboolture, where he was coach of the Division 1 club's reserves side last year.

This will be the 29-year-old's first head coaching role, but Heath said he was ready for the challenge. "I'm very excited, especially coming to a club that won the premiership last year," he said. "There's no doubt the pressure will be on us this season and expectations will be high.

"We'll be targeted.... but I want us to keep playing exciting footy. There's no need to change."

One thing Heath will look to introduce is a greater relationship between the club's senior and junior teams.

The Tigers will field their first under-18's side in four years this season, in a move that will ensure there is a development path for young players at the club.

Vice president, Steve Brown said the move was part of a plan for the Tigers to move into State League in five years.

"We want to keep players at Redcliffe and make this an even stronger club and having a good relationship between the senior and junior group is part of that." he said.

"We're also going to introduce more discipline to the club this year, so basically if you don't train, you don't play."

Key forward, Josh Bond will again be Captain. Bond kicked 47 goals last season to top the goalkicking table with Clint Frusher, who is yet to confirm his position with Redcliffe for the new year.

Training started again this week, Phone Steve Brown on 0419 617438

By Andre Grimaux.

Many thanks to Andre for a fantastic write-up. He has assured us that there will be many more throughout the season. Andre would like to do stories on players and their achievements, so if anyone has some news worthy stories, please forward them to Steve Brown @ stevobrown@optusnet.com.au

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