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09 October 2019
By Colin MacGillivray
Departing Horsham coach Deek Roberts will return to the Horsham District Football Netball League next season with Kalkee.
Roberts is a two-time District league best and fairest and former coach of Taylors Lake.
He joined Horsham in the Wimmera Football League as an assistant coach in 2017 before taking over head coaching duties for the past two seasons.
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Roberts said family connections at Kalkee and a chance to take a break from coaching were motivating factors behind his move.
“I wanted a bit of a change with my footy to see if I could get back to enjoying it a bit more,” he said.
“I had three years in the Wimmera league and I loved Horsham, but I just wanted a change and I wanted to see if I could extend my career a little bit.
“It was obviously a very tough decision and I thought about it for a good month before I made the call.
“I’d like to thank everyone at Horsham and hopefully I’m leaving on good terms with no hard feelings.”
Jordyn Burke and Rhona Conboy will take over Roberts’ role as Horsham co-coaches.
Kalkee coach Stuart Farr said the club had also recruited former Dimboola and Horsham player Andrew Seers, with more signings to be announced ‘in the next few weeks’.
Farr said the inclusion of Roberts and Seers would give the Kees’ midfield a big boost.
“Everyone knows what sort of player Deek is,” he said.
“He was in the Victoria Country squad this year and he’s been in the top handful of players in the Wimmera league.
“It’ll be great getting that extra experience and quality and class in.
“‘Seersy’ is the same – I’ve been lucky enough to coach him in premierships at Horsham and Dimboola and he’ll definitely bolster the midfield as well.”
Farr said the Kees were priming themselves for a potential return to finals next season.
“From the outside looking in this year, you’d see we finished seventh, but from second to seventh there was nothing in it at all,” he said.
“We had some big wins and some ordinary losses, but second to seventh you could probably throw a blanket over. Touch wood we have an injury-free season and we’ll see how the draw rolls out too.”
In other football news, Minyip-Murtoa coach John Delahunty has been nominated for Senior Victorian Coach of the Year at the AFL Victoria Community Awards.
Delahunty is one of four coaches across the state nominated for the award, alongside Dingley’s Shane Morwood, Sebastopol’s Leigh Hutchinson and Heathmere’s Leon Davis.
Delahunty guided the Burras to an undefeated Wimmera league season, culminating in a 25-point grand final victory against the Southern Mallee Giants.
The Burras recently announced Delahunty would coach the team again in 2020 as it pursues back-to-back flags.
Winners of AFL Victoria Community Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Friday, October 18.
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