IF Simon Woolford was under any doubt as tothe weight of expectation that will accompany him as coach of the QueanbeyanBlues, he need only reflect for a moment on the fortunes of his predecessor.
Having taken the club to a grand finalappearance in his first year in charge in 2011, former Blues coach Adam Doyle guidedthe side to a second successive finals berth last season.
But even back-to-back finals appearances inhis two years at the helm weren’t enough to spare Doyle from the axe.
Instead, it will be Woolford steering theBlues ship for the next two seasons as the storied club continues its quest toend what has become a four-year title drought.
And Blues secretary Tom Ebsworth saiddealing with outsized expectations was simply part and parcel of everydayoperations at the club.
“That’s just part of the territory with theBlues,” Ebsworth said. “We’re a high profile club in the competition, we neededan injection of new blood and we just needed a change in coach.
“Simon’s an ex-Raiders captain and havingsomeone like him come in isn’t just good for the Blues, it’s good for the codein Canberra. He brings a bit of profile to the competition.”
Ebsworth and Woolford have previouslyworked together through their respective roles of manager and coach of the ACTrepresentative side this year.
“He’s very professional in how he doesthings,” Ebsworth said of Woolford’s coaching style. “He’s not that long out ofthe game and he’s been helping out at the Raiders so he’s still got his fingeron the pulse.”
Woolford’s signature was also expected tohelp attract top-quality playing talent and the move has already paiddividends. Fellow former Raiders Marc Herbert and Trevor Thurling have bothagreed to terms with the club for next season.
“We’ve had people like [former Raidersplayer] Wayne Collins and [current Raiders under-20s assistant coach] MickMantelli in similar situations and they’ve brought players to the club,”Ebsworth said.
“We’ve got to be mindful of the [player]points system but we’re always on the look-out for players. “We’ve got a fewblokes who are thinking about travelling next year and if they do I’m prettysure Simon will attract quality players.”
Queanbeyan Blues secretary Tom Ebsworth says high expectations are par for the course at the heavyweight club. Photo: Elesa Lee
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