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COCHRANE RETURNS TO EXTENDED FAMILY

 

By Peter Argent 
Retiring back in 2010 after six senior flags at the Ponderosa, it is something of a home coming for Richard Cochrane Junior as he takes on the role at the Central District under 16 coach for the 2013 season. 
The Cochrane name has been involved with the Bulldogs over three generations now and Richard follows uncle, Peter Jonas into the coaching ranks at the club.   
“This is my first serious tilt into the coaching arena,” Richard Cochrane said to CDFC.com.au
“With premiership team mate Adam Switala, we looked after the Bob Zerella (under 15s) academy. 
“But this will be my first time I will be selecting teams and involved in the cut and thrust of match day coaching. 
“I very excited about and looking forward to the challenge.” 
One of the genuine nice guys of SANFL football, Cochrane played 136 league games over a decade from 2000, had the special experience of playing in two successive flags alongside older brother Stuart in 2004 and 2005. 
Stuart Cochrane, who currently is the player welfare manager at the Power, playing 104 AFL games with North Melbourne and Port Adelaide, before getting involved in off field roles at Alberton. 
The boy’s father, Richard and Uncle Bill Cochrane were the second (first playing) generation at the Ponderosa, playing 174 and 172 games respectively, with the majority of their career being through the 1970s.  
A further Uncle Ian “Scratcher” McKay was a key defender at the club through the late 70s and early 80s and clocked up 121 matches. 
Still called “Pa” with much affection by Richard, William senior, who played a couple of seasons of league football with South Adelaide in the Jimmy Deane era, was a scout and a selector in the early years of the Bulldogs. After he passed away in mid 2011, Richard, a couple of months later named his new son, William in his honour. 
“Central District has been a massive part of my life,” Cochrane confirmed. 
“I want to stay around and be involved for as long as possible. 
“When this role was offered to me I grabbed it with both hands. 
“It is just a small way of repaying the favour for the joy of those premierships.”
Having been coached by Roy Laird through much of his football life at the Ponderosa, Cochrane confirmed many of his drills and training methods mirror his. 
“I expect that a team I coach plays hard, tough, aggressive and predictable football,” he replied.
“It is about understanding the importance of playing team focused predictable footy.  
“I like to see unrewarded running and to see players making it easier for their team mates. 
“It is about being disciplines and sticking to our game plans. 
“Everybody needs to be on the same page.” 
Another defender moving into the coaching ranks, Richard Cochrane is destined for a big future in this role. 
Note: Central District Under 16's kick of their season this coming Sunday March 24 at Playford Alive Oval against the Eagles. Match starts at 11:40am

By Peter Argent 

Retiring back in 2010 after six senior flags at the Ponderosa, it is something of a home coming for Richard Cochrane Junior as he takes on the role at the Central District under 16 coach for the 2013 season. 

The Cochrane name has been involved with the Bulldogs over three generations now and Richard follows uncle, Peter Jonas into the coaching ranks at the club.   

“This is my first serious tilt into the coaching arena,” Richard Cochrane said to CDFC.com.au

“With premiership team mate Adam Switala, we looked after the Bob Zerella (under 15s) academy. 

“But this will be my first time I will be selecting teams and involved in the cut and thrust of match day coaching. 

“I very excited about and looking forward to the challenge.” 

One of the genuine nice guys of SANFL football, Cochrane played 136 league games over a decade from 2000, had the special experience of playing in two successive flags alongside older brother Stuart in 2004 and 2005. 

Stuart Cochrane, who currently is the player welfare manager at the Power, playing 104 AFL games with North Melbourne and Port Adelaide, before getting involved in off field roles at Alberton. 

The boy’s father, Richard and Uncle Bill Cochrane were the second (first playing) generation at the Ponderosa, playing 174 and 172 games respectively, with the majority of their career being through the 1970s.  

A further Uncle Ian “Scratcher” McKay was a key defender at the club through the late 70s and early 80s and clocked up 121 matches. 

Still called “Pa” with much affection by Richard, William senior, who played a couple of seasons of league football with South Adelaide in the Jimmy Deane era, was a scout and a selector in the early years of the Bulldogs. After he passed away in mid 2011, Richard, a couple of months later named his new son, William in his honour. 

“Central District has been a massive part of my life,” Cochrane confirmed. 

“I want to stay around and be involved for as long as possible. 

“When this role was offered to me I grabbed it with both hands. 

“It is just a small way of repaying the favour for the joy of those premierships.”

Having been coached by Roy Laird through much of his football life at the Ponderosa, Cochrane confirmed many of his drills and training methods mirror his. 

“I expect that a team I coach plays hard, tough, aggressive and predictable football,” he replied.

“It is about understanding the importance of playing team focused predictable footy.  

“I like to see unrewarded running and to see players making it easier for their team mates. 

“It is about being disciplines and sticking to our game plans. 

“Everybody needs to be on the same page.” 

Another defender moving into the coaching ranks, Richard Cochrane is destined for a big future in this role. 

Note: Central District Under 16's kick of their season this coming Sunday, March 24 at Playford Alive Oval against the Eagles. Match starts at 11:40am

 

Richard Cochrane Jnr in his playing days, laying another tackle in a Grand Final against the Eagles

And with the ball. Photo by Peter Argent/PLA Media Freelance Photojournalist

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