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SECOND GENERATION BULLDOG TO COACH THE UNDER 18s

 

By Peter Argent 
The son of 82-game wingman, Graeme and the nephew of former club champion Peter (1982), Matt Kreig has taken the opportunity to coach the Central District under 18s for the 2013 season. 
Over the past three seasons he has been the coach of the Birdwood Roosters in the Adelaide Hills Football League competition, taking them to a Grand Final in 2011 and the penultimate game of the year last winter. 
“Yes, I was up at Birdwood coaching for the last three seasons, the first of them in the Central Hills competition and the last two with the country division,” Kreig said. 
“My Dad, Graeme was my assistant for last couple of years. 
“Having been coached by Roy Laird, Andrew Jarman, who I still keep in contact with and even ‘Clarke’ (2001 premiership coach Alistair Clarkson) for a little I take bits and pieces from each in my coaching philosophies. 
“You certainly can’t rely on one game plan these days.
“Defence is paramount, bit you must be rounded in your approach. 
“I like to see overlapping run from the back half, and want my players to have a competitive nature. 
“While still keeping the message simple, the under 18s will endeavour to replicate the style the senior sides play, with plenty of spread and run.”   
Matthew Krieg made his own mark on SANFL football firstly as 1998 Tomkins Medallist (SANFL under 19's best and fairest), when he was a first year under 19 at the Ponderosa and then 110 SANFL league games, 37 of them were initially with the Bulldogs, and then 73 in the red and white like his uncle. 
Intriguingly, his 100th SANFL match was the 2007 SANFL senior Grand Final, enduring the pain of defeat by Central District, when the Roosters were beaten by 65 points in front of over 30,000 fans. 
He also played the 20O2 season in the VFL state league competition with Frankston, one of the few stand alone clubs at that level back them. 
His playing career virtually came to a standstill when he broke a vertebrae in his back whilst up at Birdwood. 
This year’s two underage coaches at Elizabeth year have been kicking the football with each other since they were little kids. 
“Richard Cochrane Senior was in Dads wedding,” Kreig explained. 
“While our parents were playing, we’ll be running around with Richie and his brothers kicking the footy around out the back of the grand stand, since we were very young. 
“It’s good that we’re both back involved with the junior program at Central District.”   
Kreig confirmed that Brae McConnell will captain the Central District under 18s in 2013, with big man Darcy Hamon and his deputy. The deputy Vice–Captain is Callum Lowke  

By Peter Argent 

The son of 82-game wingman, Graeme and the nephew of former club champion Peter (1982), Matt Kreig has taken the opportunity to coach the Central District under 18s for the 2013 season. 

Over the past three seasons he has been the coach of the Birdwood Roosters in the Adelaide Hills Football League competition, taking them to a Grand Final in 2011 and the penultimate game of the year last winter. 

“Yes, I was up at Birdwood coaching for the last three seasons, the first of them in the Central Hills competition and the last two with the country division,” Kreig said. 

“My Dad, Graeme was my assistant for last couple of years. 

“Having been coached by Roy Laird, Andrew Jarman, who I still keep in contact with and even ‘Clarke’ (2001 premiership coach Alistair Clarkson) for a little I take bits and pieces from each in my coaching philosophies. 

“You certainly can’t rely on one game plan these days.

“Defence is paramount, bit you must be rounded in your approach. 

“I like to see overlapping run from the back half, and want my players to have a competitive nature. 

“While still keeping the message simple, the under 18s will endeavour to replicate the style the senior sides play, with plenty of spread and run.”   

Matthew Krieg made his own mark on SANFL football firstly as 1998 Tomkins Medallist (SANFL under 19's best and fairest), when he was a first year under 19 at the Ponderosa and then 110 SANFL league games, 37 of them were initially with the Bulldogs, and then 73 in the red and white like his uncle. 

Intriguingly, his 100th SANFL match was the 2007 SANFL senior Grand Final, enduring the pain of defeat by Central District, when the Roosters were beaten by 65 points in front of over 30,000 fans. 

He also played the 20O2 season in the VFL state league competition with Frankston, one of the few stand alone clubs at that level back them. 

His playing career virtually came to a standstill when he broke a vertebrae in his back whilst up at Birdwood. 

This year’s two underage coaches at Elizabeth year have been kicking the football with each other since they were little kids. 

“Richard Cochrane Senior was in Dads wedding,” Kreig explained. 

“While our parents were playing, we’ll be running around with Richie and his brothers kicking the footy around out the back of the grand stand, since we were very young. 

“It’s good that we’re both back involved with the junior program at Central District.”   

Kreig confirmed that Brae McConnell will captain the Central District under 18s in 2013, with big man Darcy Hamon and his deputy. The deputy Vice–Captain is Callum Lowke  

 

Note: The CDFC Under 18's start their season this Thursday Night at Playford Alive Oval against Westies from 7:10pm.

The curtain raiser is the Under 16 match from 5pm

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