Hawks sign Fitgerald for 2013


Drysdale Football Club has signed local coaching legend John Fitzgerald to fill the vacancy left by the departure of James Colbert.

Fitzgerald has a rich history in local coaching. The former St Joseph’s premiership captain and Geelong AFL player has taken both South Barwon and Bell Park to premierships over the past decade.

Drysdale President Greg Scott could not contain his excitement at having attracted Fitzgerald to the club. “We believe that John is the ideal coach to take us to the next level, and that is why he was the first person we called after James decided to step aside” Scott said. “We have brought some great young players through our ranks over the past two years, and we have another batch coming through from this years Colts side which made the finals in Division 1.” “We believe that John’s track record in building a coaching program within clubs will be of great benefit to this young group”. At both South Barwon and Bell Park, Fitzgerald handed the coaching reins to players he had groomed for the positions upon his departure.

It comes as no surprise that Fitzgerald has been attracted to the Bellarine Football League given that he served the league this year as interleague coach. After years of poor results in the annual VCFL competition the Sharks responded to Fitzgerald’s call for a more committed effort and won their game against Western Border by 20 goals.

“Our 2013 campaign effectively starts now’, Scott said “John will meet the playing group this week to outline his plan and discuss their off season program. We will then be looking to fill the other coaching roles and consider our recruitment program with an emphasis on retaining all of our current list.”