Borg brings a mix of old and new
AFL: It is the changing of the guard in the coaching department of the Glenmore Bulls but like other Rockhampton clubs it won’t be a new face at the helm.
Ross Borg has played, coached then assisted outgoing coach Dean Woosnam at the Bulls and with over 200 A-grade appearances to his credit has the experience to keep the Bulls on track.
Some of the ideas Borg will take into the 2010 season will be similar to those of Woosnam.
“Dean brought his own experience level to the club,” he said.
“He is a fairly influential and knowledgeable player.”
While Woosnam brought some modern aspects of the game to the Bulls, Borg said he will embrace those items and bring a few traditional football ethics back to the club.
“It will be a bit of the old and a bit of the new,” he promised.
“I sat with Dean last year and it will be some of the stuff he did and some of my own.”
Some of Borg’s ideas stem back to his own playing days.
“I’ll bring the toughness we had back then,” he said.
Not that he thinks the present group of players are soft but sometimes it could be argued the Bulls lacked a mental toughness to grind out results.
Another problem for the Bulls has been the depth of players available with numbers stretched when it gets to finals football.
The club will look to its quality juniors to fill senior ranks plus, Borg hopes, players from other codes, who have shown interest in trying out AFL football.
So far he has a couple of rugby union and soccer players in mind.
“They seem to adapt well and are pretty fit,” he said.
Football in Capricornia next season brings together a group of coaches who know a fair bit about one another.
Borg said he knows Panthers coach for 2010, Darrel Dunnett, particularly well.
“Darrel was the first to get me into footy,” he said.
The Bulls coach said he had also encountered Swans coach Brett Motton during his playing days and reckons he took something to the premiers from his own playing days, working to an uncomplicated game plan.
“They played quick and hard to the football, it worked for them,” he said.
While impressed with Swans youngsters, Borg believes he has young footballers to match and expects a big season from at least one of them.
“Darcy Payne has an amazing work rate and skills,” he said.
Borg won’t be drawn on how the Bulls season will go as the first official training session is not until January.