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A balancing act – Tenace

Geelong Amateur coach Kane Tenace. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

GEELONG Amateur coach Kane Tenace concedes it’s not an easy task balancing differing motivation players during the shutdown of the 2020 season.

It is now more than a month since most local clubs pulled the pin on training as the threat of COVID-19 became real in mid-March.

“There’s not much we can do,” Tenace admitted. “If training was on and they weren’t showing up you’d tell them they’re playing in the reserves.”

“The guys who are going to do the work are going to do it. And the guys who have thought to themselves, “we might not be playing, so I’ll put the feet up”, that’s all they’re going to do.

“We can give programs and all that sort of stuff, and say “this is what you should be doing”.

“But, at the end of the day, they’ve just got to be self-motivated.

“If we do get back to training, we’ll know the guys that have done stuff and the guys that haven’t.”


The former Geelong speedster said the situation is likely to make coaches reassess how they prepare for future seasons.

“I guess it makes you think “were those three or four weeks we did in November worth it at this point now?”,” Tenace said.

“And would it make any difference if we didn’t do those three or four weeks?

“They’re the sort of things you think about other than gameplans or anything like that.”

Tenace, who took Geelong Amateur to last year’s minor premiership before being knocked out in the preliminary final by Torquay, is keen for a third season in charge at KFC Oval.

“I’ve had very, very brief discussions with ‘Faz’ (president Simon Farrell) and (football manager) Gav Clark,” he said.

“But it’s more been focussed around “what are we going to do to try and keep everyone motivated this year?”, rather than anything next year.

“I’m sure that’ll happen in the next month or two, depending on how things are looking for this year.

“I think I’d be keen to go again even if we were underway this year. I really enjoyed last year, and for the time up until we got to stay home, I was really enjoying it as well.

“It’s just a matter of sitting down with the club and working out what’s going to be best for both parties.”

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