Coaching Announcement Season 2020
For a long time East Malvern has attracted players from all over country Victoria. It’s as if Lucas Reserve is where the bush meets the ‘burbs.
Now the Panthers have installed a leading former country player as their new senior coach.
Brent Chapman, a century goalkicker with Murchison in 2015, has been appointed to replace Nathan Robinson, who stood down because of work demands. Robbo has since joined Division 2 club Chelsea Heights as a player.
Chapman, who will serve as a non-playing coach, had a fine career in country football after starting with Shepparton Bears in the Goulburn Valley league. He also played at Barooga in the Murray league, Heathcote in the Heathcote District league, Numurkah in the Murray league, Murchison in the Kyabram District league and Tungamah in the Picola and District league.
After moving to Melbourne last year Chapman had a run with Prahran in the VAFA.
East Malvern is his fourth senior appointment. He coached Heathcote from 2010-12, Numurkah from 2013-14 and Murchison from 2015-16, and was the Kyabram interleague coach in 2016.
Under Chapman Heathcote had a premier-and-champion season in 2010. In 2013 he also steered Numurkah to its first finals series in 13 years.
East Malvern official Scott Kirkwood said Chapman, a teacher at Toorak Primary School, had an outstanding resume and the club was thrilled to secure him.
“He’s a very impressive person,’’ Kirkwood.
“He loves footy, and he seems really structured and balanced in his approach to it.
“He’ll be different to Nathan, who coached from an angle of real passion and commitment, similar to the way ‘Robbo’ plays his footy. I think Brent will be a bit more structured and a bit more tactical, but still with that emotion. His all-round footy knowledge and smarts really impressed us.’’
Kirkwood said Robinson, who took East Malvern to the 2018 grand final, did an outstanding job. He said the club was sorry to see him go but understood he was snowed under at work and was without the time to keep coaching.
On the playing front, Mark Tyrell and Liam Voigt have retired and ex-AFL player Liam Sumner has signed at Lang Lang.
But the Panthers are in talks with a number of potential recruits, one of them a former AFL rookie.
Ace ruckman Chris Carey is weighing up a move to the VFL and it will be at Frankston or Sandringham, but he will have East Malvern as his local club.