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“This is a great result for Northern Suburbs,” says Grahame O’Donnell on the appointment of our Head Coach Simon Cron, as a Waratahs coach for the 2018 season.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for Simon. He is a unique coach who has been instrumental in defining a winning culture both on and off the field at Norths.
“To better the player, better the person and better the community, is our Norths mission which underpins everything we do at the Club,” says O’Donnell.
Simon Cron comments on his time at Norths. “All the players in Norths from 3rds Colts up to 1st grade are great humans and they continue to impress me week on week.
“The Coaching Staff, Board and Volunteers are the best in the business and we continue to evolve and find new ways to do things that will benefit the playing group in 2017 and for years to come.”
“I love coaching at Norths. Starting from the 7s season in 2012-13, which was very memorable. I still work with a lot of those boys who have moved on since then into higher honors or overseas.
“2015 was a year where we needed to grow the enjoyment of the game within Norths and get boys at all levels back loving rugby and developing as players.”
“2016 was when you started seeing a lot of the work show on the field. Player development, game management and skillful rugby.
“This year we had a bit of a perfect storm at Norths with key leaders injured or going into Super franchises so we need to get our season back on track.”
O’ Donnell says, “Simon and his player leadership team will have a big role to play with his successor, to ensure the momentum is kept up.
This season we Norths has seen the following 8 players move to Super Rugby, Irae Simone, Michael Wells, Cameron Clark, Will Miller, Hugh Sinclair, Bryce Hegarty, Angus Ta’avao and Con Foley (as part of the wider Melbourne Rebels squad).
“It’s great to see the aspirations of coaches as well as players being met., says O’Donnell.