Bertacco takes on new role

Hanwood FC have made a change in their coaching staff for the upcomingGriffith District Football Association first grade competition.

FRESH FACE: Co-coach Brian Bertolin, president Ross Patane and newly appointed co-coach Jason Betacco are looking forward to their title defence. Picture: Riley Krause.

Long-time Hanwood playerJason Bertacco will join Brian Bertolin on the sidelines this year as they hope to make it back-to-back premierships.

He hasn’t given up the boots just yet though, as he looks to manage the difficulttask of player-coach.

Jason Bertacco

“It’s going to be tricky (playing and coaching), to start off the season it’s going to be very hard and I’m going to have to get used to it.,” he said.

“In saying that it will take a little bit of pressure off by trying to take it all in first and then the playing will come second.”

He’s not short on coaching experience either.

He’s coached juniors and under 18s before but admitted his first role on a senior team will take some getting used to.

“It will be a bit of a challenge, a bit nervy but I got Brian by my side so that should help out a fair bit,” he said.

“We also have afew older blokes within the squad that should be able to help out.”

When asked whether he had some big changes in mind he said you don’t try and change a winning formula too much.

“Brian and (former coach) Anthony (Agresta) had it sorted from all the other years,” he said.

“They’ve got the runs on the board and it’s just about keeping the momentum going with the club.”

Existing Hanwood coachBrian Bertolin is eager to see what Bertacco can bring to the coaching ranks.

“It’s exciting having Jason on board, he’s a natural leader,” he said.

“I think he’s probably been earmarked for this role for a couple of years and now’s the perfect time for him.

“I think he’s still got a lot to offer on the field as well.”

Bertolin is also excited to see a few youngsters continue to develop their talents.

“The nucleus of the squad is still at a very good age when we should be up there for the next few years,” he said.

“The maturity in the squad is very good, we got some young kids coming through in Cameron Mcwhirter, Ben Favero and a few others which I think freshens things up a bit.

“It also puts a bit of pressure on the older boys to go a little bit harder.

“I’m really excited actually.”

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