Head Coach Va’a Departs Northern Suburbs
Northern Suburbs wish to thank Head Coach Earl Va’a as he departs the Club ahead of the 2021 season.
Having guided the first-grade team to another grand final qualifier in 2020, Va’a has opted to remain at home with family in Wellington, New Zealand.
After joining the Club in January 2020, Va’a experienced more than most the ups and downs throughout a disjointed season, including a 4-month layoff due to Covid-19, coaching via zoom after being stuck behind border closures in New Zealand and experiencing a couple of rounds of hotel quarantine.
Va’a addressed the playing group throughout the week:
“To all players, coaches, trainers, medical staff, managers and supporters it is with heavy heart that I officially announce my resignation as Head Coach of this wonderful club.
“In these uncertain times through this pandemic, I have made the recent decision to stay home with my family here in New Zealand.”
“I would like to thank the whole Norths community for allowing me to be part of your family these past 12 months.”
“I leave knowing the club is equipped with good talented coaches throughout and I wish Zak and his staff all the best for the upcoming season and I look forward to following all the Club’s results online”.
President Grahame O’Donnell said “Earl has had a tremendous impact on our club and made significant sacrifices to be away from family for such an extended period. The club fully supports his decision to put family first at this time and we wish Earl all the best.”