Young Cherrypickers appoint 2020 Group Nine coaches

Garry Lucas, pictured playing in the Young Masters competition last month, will coach Young's league tag in 2020. Photo: Penny Le Poidevin
Garry Lucas, pictured playing in the Young Masters competition last month, will coach Young's league tag in 2020. Photo: Penny Le Poidevin

Young's coaches for the 2020 Group Nine season have been named.

President Garry Lucas has put his hand up to mentor the ladies' league tag side, Steven Shipp will look to take reserve grade one step further after a grand final loss in 2019, Kyle Richens reunites with the under 18s group and Nayah Freeman and Will Dunn will coach under 16s.

Lucas says it's an exciting time for the Cherrypickers, and he's looking forward to taking the reins of the ladies' league tag side.

He says a few players may be moving on, however, he's expecting some exciting juniors to help bolster the squad.

"I probably did it about eight years ago when league tag hadn't been around for long. I'm looking forward to having another crack at it. It's a little bit far out [to be setting goals], I'll get through Christmas and start looking at things. It should be a good mix."

Steven Shipp has been appointed coach of the reserve grade side.

Shipp played Canberra Raiders under 20s and spent time in the Canberra Cup.

Lucas says Shipp will be aiming to lift the reserves to a premiership, following threatening the title the past two years.

"They've been bordering on it now for a few years, and some of those other sides have some older guys. We have a lot of strong juniors coming through so next year could be the year," Lucas said.

Pickers first grade front-rower Kyle Richens will coach the under 18s. He guided this group to a Group Nine Sullivan Cup premiership two years ago.

"He'll look to do the same," Lucas said.

Former Cherrypickers juniors Will Dunn and Nayah Freeman will make their senior coaching debuts with the under 16s.

"I know they've done some touch footy coaching, they'll learn, it'll be interesting," Lucas said.

Lucas added that the first grade squad, to be coached by Nick Hall, will begin pre-season training during December.