Williamstown FC Match Day Seminar

By Shaun Ellis

Williamstown Football Club was so welcoming of the AFCA Western Region coaches for the May 1 seminar that they even managed to turn on weather that was conducive to shorts and a t-shirt, a rarity at Point Gellibrand!

After being welcomed by Graeme Pratt, the coaches were introduced to Williamstown General Manager Brendan Curry who gave a rundown on the club before answering a number of questions. Brendan gave an insight into the running of the football club and the relationship the Seagulls share with their AFL affiliate, the Western Bulldogs.

At the conclusion of the VFL reserves game, the senior team left the rooms to do their warm up and the invited coaches were ushered into the player’s room and introduced to senior coach Peter German. After ensuring no Port Melbourne coaching staff was present, Peter spent a valuable 10 minutes explaining the planning in the lead up to the match. The topics covered were forward scouting (with a copy of the report done on Port Melbourne given to all coaches), opposition strength and weakness analysis, match tactics, preparation at training during the week and the roles of all coaches in the box on match day. Although brief due to the time constraints of the day, Peter gave a great insight into the how Williamstown had prepared for the game, using the magnetic and white boards to demonstrate how he expected both his team and the opposition to play. After the short session it was easy to see their plans being followed and influencing the way the game was played with the team running out comfortable 28 point winners after leading by nearly 50 points at times during the game.

The thoroughness in planning but simplicity in delivery of the message for the players was a great lesson for all the coaches in attendance who left satisfied with both the lesson in setting up for match day and the pie and drink supplied by the great people at Williamstown.

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