Tigers land new coach

GAWLER Central has appointed former Central District netball coach Reece Turtur as its new senior one mentor for the 2018 Barossa, Light & Gawler season.
The 31-year-old joined the Tigers on a one-year deal, a move that came as a shock to him as he expected to take the year off coaching to focus on his playing aspirations.
“The call came and change can be as good as a holiday sometimes,” he said.
“I’m excited to take on this new challenge and experience what country netball has to offer.”
Turtur has over a decade of netball experience under his belt, having coached in the Southern League and down at Central District, in the Adelaide Metropolitan Netball Division, over the past number of years.
He has also represented South Australia, on and off, over the past eight years as a part of the state’s men’s netball team.
“That was originally part of the reason I was going to take it off, but netball to me is a bit more than just a hobby, it’s a bit of a passion and an obsession as well,” he said.
Turtur originally played basketball before men’s netball was established, and hasn’t looked back since.
“I got the opportunity to play in a couple of training games against the state league girls, in a men’s team,” he said.
The new coach said that he’s heard good things about the BL&G standard.
“It’s a different world to what the city competition is, but from what I’ve seen and what people have told me it’s a huge community feel,” he said.
“A lot of people get around it, it’s highly competitive.
“A lot of the city girls make the transition to the country leagues, once they retire from the Premier League.
“I’m not expecting it to be a downgrade, I’m expecting quite the opposite.”
Gawler Central has been really accommodating for their new coach so far, according to Turtur.
“From what I’ve seen, it’s a great family-orientated club,” he said.
“They support one another, and it’s got great networks within the community.
“Central really have some talented juniors coming through their ranks.”
The Tigers are due to kick off their campaign away, at Tanunda, on April 7.

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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