New role for Roos legend
Saturday, 16th November, 2013
By By Ethan James
After learning his craft in Broken Hill, the coaching career of Anthony Murgatroyd continues to go from strength to strength.
The Silver City footy legend was recently appointed Senior Midfield Development Coach for the Woodville-West Torrens Eagles Football Club in the SANFL.
Murgatroyd, whose name is synonymous with AFL in the region, has spent the past three years coaching Langhorne Creek in the Great Southern Football League.
He won flags in 2011 and 2012 and says the move represents the next step in his education.
“I also knew a few people here beforehand so I’m familiar with their system, which is good,” he said.
“The main part of my role is to analyse the midfield in terms of how we want to play and what the opposition are doing.”
Amongst other things, that means Murgatroyd will be scrutinising video tapes throughout the week and providing on-the-go updates and strategy to players and fellow staff during a match.
“It’ll be challenging but I’m looking forward to it... it’s basically four days a week for training and then you’ve got game days on top.”
The Eagles are one of the powerhouses in the SANFL competition having finished second on the ladder this year while winning the Reserve Grade and Under 18 competitions.
“I had a couple of other offers... but I think it’s a very strong club and I’m in line with the directions coming from the board and other coaches,” Murgatroyd revealed.
Woodville-West Torrens’ head coach Michael Godden said the experienced mentor deserved the opportunity at State level.
“Anthony is well-rounded in terms of his knowledge in his multiple seasons as coach at a few levels and also with representative sides,” he said.
“I like to surround myself with good people and we were trying to get a bit more depth in our staff.
“He’s had plenty of experience around footy clubs and now he gets the chance to commit a lot of his time.”
Murgatroyd played more than 270 games in Broken Hill, is a triple BHFL Best and Fairest winner and a six-time BHFL Mail medallist. He has also won a multitude of premierships as a player and coach with the Kangaroos.
He played in a total of eight premierships on the field, with the first coming in 1989 as a 16-year-old.
“I enjoyed my footy in Broken Hill immensely and it was a good grounding in a strong area for the sport,” he said.
Murgatroyd, now a Superintendent with the Alexandrina Council in Strathalbyn, credits the BH League with providing the framework for further achievements.
“Quite a few people have gone on to progress as either players or coaches.
“I’ll just have to see where my road leads.”
The Eagles announced the key signings of Michael Wundke (South Adelaide) and James Boyd (Central) yesterday and start their pre-season on November 25.