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Heads hunger strikes Mitchell

Barwon Heads co-coaches Troy Mitchell (left) and Mitch Herbison. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

TROY Mitchell has been in the role less than a month, but already the Barwon Heads co-coach can see the burning desire to go one better in 2019.

The former St Mary’s and Lara mentor has filled the role made vacant by Bobby Wallace following last month’s BFL Grand Final loss to Modewarre and will share the top job with star midfielder Mitch Herbison.

“I’ve already seen from the group and some of the people I’ve met, the hunger is definitely there,”

“They’re dirty on how it finished up, which is great. But, at the same time, I think they also know, “hey, we need to improve in some areas and do some things”.

“Hopefully, I see it a little bit different to how Mitch and Bobby have seen it.

“So, I’ve got that opportunity to bring something else into the mix.”

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Mitchell, who took the Saints to consecutive GFL grand final appearances before departing the club at the end of 2017, is looking forward to his first foray into BFL coaching.

“I still think it’s got that community feel about it, which I love,” he said.

“Coming to Barwon Heads has the attraction of “this is our town against Torquay another town, an Anglesea”.

“I love that fact; it’s fantastic. The people are passionate about the club, passionate about the town; the players are all connected.

“As hard as they go each other, they still respect each other, and the towns love it, which is great.”

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And Mitchell believes the increased demands on GFL players is improving the standard in the BFL.

“Not everyone can commit (to) that type of time, but they can still play really good footy,” he said.

“So I think the Bellarine’s become a really attractive place for people to continue to play footy, who love footy, who have got a nice balance between footy, home life, work life.

“And I think that’s a real bonus the Bellarine is going to have, and I think it’s going to grow even more and more.”

Twitter: @tom_king79

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