New coach set to find the way for Rockhampton Panthers
WITH Adelaide Crows forward Josh Jenkins as his best mate and the blood of former AFL players running through his veins, Leigh 'Hollywood' Coulter might just be the man who can get Rockhampton Panthers AFC back on track.
The 26-year-old Queensland Police Officer will direct the Panthers A-grade squad around the oval for the first time tomorrow after stepping into the senior coaching role left by former coach Vincent Proud.
Panthers are set to make the trip to Boyne Oval to take on reigning premiers BITS Saints, while ladder-leaders Glenmore Bulls host Gladstone, and Brothers Roos take on Yeppoon Swans at Swan Park.
Coulter moved to Rocky a year ago due to a work placement, after playing high level Aussie rules in home state Victoria, as well as in Cairns and the Northern Territory.
While he originally hoped to kick off a local playing career with Panthers, Coulter said his season turned sour after just one game.
"I'm a police officer and was stationed up here in June last year and before I even started work I played a game of footy for Panthers," Coulter said.
"I played the Saturday afternoon and was supposed to work that night, but I snapped my achilles and two ligaments. It was my first game back after about 18 months off with injury."
Yeppoon Swans v Brothers Roos at Swan Park
BITS Saints v Rocky Panthers at Boyne Oval
Glenmore Bulls v Gladstone Mudcrabs at Stenlake Park
LADDER: Glenmore 24, Yeppoon 20, BITS 20, Panthers 12, Gladstone 4, Brothers 4.
Still recovering from injury, Coulter took on the coach's role and said after an interrupted first half of the season, Panthers were keen to redeem themselves and restore the club to its former glory.
"It's excellent. There's a real positive attitude in the team and we're focused on a finals berth and getting a few more wins.
"We're in a pretty good position considering," Coulter said.
"My goal is to get a baseline happening and spelling out to the boys my expectations and getting some club rules happening.
"We'll certainly give it a go against BITS, but we have a few good players out and with a classy outfit like BITS, you have to take it as it comes."