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Casey back on board with football role

Saturday, 9th January, 2021

Colin Casey has returned to the old stomping ground to take up the position of AFL Broken Hill’s Football Operations Coordinator. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson Colin Casey has returned to the old stomping ground to take up the position of AFL Broken Hill’s Football Operations Coordinator. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

By Emily Ferguson

Colin Casey will put his top tier football knowledge to good use - in the role of Football Operations Coordinator for AFL Broken Hill. 

Casey has returned to the Silver City and said the purpose of his role is to manage the day-to-day operations and the competition administered by AFL Broken Hill.

“That would be sporting polls with team sheets and then it goes onto the games - stats, goal kickers, games played, tribunal, reports, those sorts of things,” he said.

“Then it’s all the voting slips for the numerous medals with the number of teams that we have.” 

He will also be responsible for running the end-of-year functions like the AGM and the Lionel Johnston Medal, as well as monthly board meetings and more.  

Casey is most looking forward to being involved in local football.

“This particular role I did for six years at the SANFL ... so it’s a bit of deja vu - ‘been there done that’ sort of thing.

“But it’s all about the people, and while I could lean one way I’m not allowed to and I’m here for the four clubs.

“You’re across the whole competition with every club; rather than be involved with just the one club, you’ve got four clubs to be involved with and the league probably makes five.”

Casey’s wealth of knowledge stems from many years playing the game followed by an extensive career in the administrative side of football.

He began as a Development Manager for the West Adelaide Football Club in 1994 and 1995, before becoming the General Manager of the Woodville West Torrens Football Club from 1995-2001. From 2001-2009 he was the SANFL’s Football Operations Manager and from 2009-2016 he was the Development and Talent Manager at the Sturt Football Club. 

Most recently he was Adelaide University’s Amateur League Football Manager from 2017-2019. 

Casey said his career history allows him to continue what he’s done previously and pass on his knowledge to others locally.

He considered his biggest achievement coaching Sturt Under 19s to a premiership.

“It’s a team sport so you come back to the premierships and I was fortunate enough to coach an Under 19s premiership with Sturt.

“It was then that I realised as a player you live in your own bubble and it’s fantastic when you’re playing a premiership because, yes, it’s about the team but you get great satisfaction out of it.

“But as a coach, the 35 to 40 players that I played during the year and all the support staff and supporters; when I sat back and watched the elation of them winning a grand final, it was overwhelming.

“I thought, yeah, playing it was really good but coaching is another dimension.” 

His main hope for Broken Hill football in 2021 is that it gets off the ground.

“I hope that the players of Broken Hill embrace playing footy again and then the spectators go from there, so it becomes a ripple effect as we go out,” he said. 

“I’m looking forward to the season and all the players and the supporters and spectators getting back to the game.

“Absence makes the heart grow fonder, so hopefully that’s what it is about footy and they all can’t wait to get out here and play again.”

AFLBH President Andrew Schmidt said they were very lucky to have people return to the community like Casey has.

“With so much experience in football, not only as a player but his decades of administrative experience at both SANFL club level and SANFL level,” Schmidt said.

“His knowledge is unmatched in Broken Hill ... I think you like to have people around the table that have got knowledge and experience and to have input into how we run the game.

“We just thought that his knowledge is invaluable; as we said last year was a tough year for everybody and this year is going to be a real challenge to get footy back.

“It’s like anything, you get somebody that returns to Broken Hill with years of experience as a player and administrator and we’re so grateful that he’s accepted this role and he’s hit the ground running.”

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