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No clear run for Nigro

Anglesea coach Paul Nigro. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

PAUL Nigro could be forgiven for thinking some higher being doesn’t want him having a clear run at coaching Bellarine club Anglesea.

The experienced mentor, who took over from Paul Carson at the end of 2018, missed the first six rounds of last year as he battled serious illness, before guiding the Roos to a semi-final appearance.

Now it’s COVID-19 that has put a roadblock in front of Nigro trying to deliver the first premiership to Alcoa Oval in twenty-one years.

“It’s a pity they couldn’t go hand-in-hand,” Nigro joked.

“Last year was my own issues, and this one’s a huge global issue. I haven’t had a clear run at it; it’s a little frustrating.

“But, as you get a little bit more mature, you become a little bit more philosophical.

“It is what it is – everyone’s in the same boat, so you’ve just got to deal with it.”

Nigro says his players will be given a couple of weeks to process what is happening in the world before an individual training program is put in place in the hope the 2020 season will get a start.

“Our (fitness) base is solid, and we don’t want to lose that base,” he said.

“Our group’s what I would consider a mature group, by and large, and they look after themselves pretty well.”

The former Belmont Lions and St Albans mentor has joined the majority of other local coaches in calling for the season to only go ahead if the fixture allows for clubs to play each other at least once.

“I’m sure AFL Barwon are grappling with that, but a nine or ten-game season would be, I think, would be the right number,” Nigro said.

“Obviously nine is everyone plays each other once, ten means five at home and five away.

“How that looks on paper, in terms of fixturing, they would have to work through that.

“They appear to be the two options. The worst-case scenario is no football.”