CHARGERS AHEAD: Robert Lorraway, Daryl Horstman, Mark Kennedy and Lionel Harbin (absent Kane Hardy) of the Norths Chargers band together for the 2010 season.
CHARGERS AHEAD: Robert Lorraway, Daryl Horstman, Mark Kennedy and Lionel Harbin (absent Kane Hardy) of the Norths Chargers band together for the 2010 season. Picture by Allan Reinikka

Master coach returns

THE master returns to the top job with the CQU Norths Chargers for the 2010 season.

Daryl Horstman has been there and done that in football and that includes success at club level with, of course, the Chargers.

Club spokesmen Robert Lorraway knows that Horstman has the points on the board in his coaching career and will head a strong management team across all grades of senior competition.

“Daryl has experience as a CQ development officer,” Lorraway confirmed.

“Daryl has three decades of coaching experience, he has this long association with the game and knows what is coming through from 13 years to A-grade. We are looking at all grades of competition,” he said.

Like any football club, the Chargers enjoy having successful teams on the park but Lorraway insists that is not the only call.

“We want to teach players what we can but we also want a family thing happening,” he said.

With young footballers coming to the club’s senior teams through their own junior ranks and high schools, it is also important to mould the person as much as the player and Lorraway said showing respect was one of the keys of achieving that goal.

While Horstman is the club’s head coach, last year’s A-grade coach Kane Hardy stays with the Chargers as his assistant.

Lorraway said working with the master coach will assist in developing Hardy further as he is still the young coach.

Reserve grade coach is Mark Kennedy who has worked with the team as a runner but now takes over the duties from Maurice Kemp.

“He’s having another year playing,” Kennedy said.

Making up the Chargers coaching team is Lionel Harbin who returns as the under-20s coach.

Harbin, of course, is from a coaching background with his dad, John, in charge of the Yeppoon Seagulls this year.

Being young will assist Harbin as he can associate with the players in the modern game.

So what will it be like when the Chargers meet Yeppoon?

“I can’t wait, I am looking forward to the draw coming out,” he said.

This year the Chargers will have a very strong squad.

“I’ve got most squad from last year, only three have gone up,” he said.

Lorraway said the coaching team would be exactly that with similar playing plans and strategies throughout the grades providing continuity.

Senior sign-on for the Chargers is tomorrow at 11am at the Gymnasium Grounds.

Lorraway said there will be a barbecue and a social game of cricket.

Serious training will begin next Tuesday, November 17, at the Gymnasium Grounds starting at 5.30pm.



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