Bond takes over as Balaklava’s lead man

BALAKLAVA Football Club has announced that former A-grade assistant and B-grade coach Martin Bond will take control of the Peckers’ A-grade outfit in 2018.
Bond has been involved with the club since 2003 in mentor roles and as a player.
However, he’s eager to jump into the hot seat as successor to outgoing coach Rob Michael.
“I’m excited, I’m pretty keen with what we’ve got in the way of a playing group,” Bond said.
“We weren’t far off the mark the last year or two.”
The Peckers finished fourth in the home and away season after struggling for consistency, but produced a sensational result in the first semi-final before losing narrowly in the preliminary final.
Bond said he’s expecting the club to build on its strong finish next season.
“Finals (are) definitely a minimum (expectation),” he said.
“We only lost last year’s prelim by a goal.”
Having helped out at A-grade level, and coaching the reserves, Bond said the top job was always on his mind.
“It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while, it’s important for the community to try to bring some success to the club,” he said.
“It’s a good, honest family environment out here.”
While he said the club has made no additions to its line-up as yet, he’s expecting that the Peckers will retain most of their current list.
“We’ll be more staying with the group that we’ve got,” Bond said.
“Hopefully, we’ll add a couple more and (have) some of the colts coming in.”

Jack Hudson

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Growing up in Gawler, Jack has taken on a variety of journalistic roles while still studying for his Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing degree. He began his career at The Bunyip as a weekend football writer, before taking on roles with The Footy Budget and The Cricket Chronicle and then earning his first part-time gig at the Barossa Herald. Now returning to The Bunyip, Jack also has a keen interest in footy and soccer, as well as a passion for gaming and reading.

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