IT was a one-sided match between Springbank and Daylesford on Saturday, with Springbank easy winners by 130 points. Springbank hit the ground running and didn’t look backwards, booting almost seven goals per goals. Coach Terry Simpson said he never takes any game too lightly but added that they had a strong side on Saturday.
Daylesford has had not the greatest of seasons with only win, and came into this week’s game after a thumping by Gordon last week. Simpson added that Daylesford were a better side than the score board showed and it didn’t do the game a lot of justice. “I thought they played reasonably well,” he said. The past few weeks have seen some unexpected wins and losses in the Central Highlands League, and finals teams will be down to who is playing well at the right time and which team has what injuries. “If you have your full side all the time it’s certainly a bonus but we have got a bit of depth, and we lucky we have that to fall back on,” Simpson said.
This is Simpson’s first coaching stint for a number of years, have coached Lake Wendouree back ‘in the early days’.
“I have just pretty much been following my kids going through the Rebels, Roosters and Lake Wendouree,” Simpson added.
Now aged 46, Simpson’s break was around fifteen years.
“If you told me twelve months ago that I’d be doing this I’d have said you were totally mad but I knew a few of the boys here (Springbank) and they approached me and talked me through it and I said I’d give it a crack for a year,” he said.
“I have a few nephews playing there and have a connection with the league, so I thought if you don’t have a crack you will never know. “I had been a playing coach and its different being a non-playing coach. I guess when you are a playing coach you always have people to rely on but I have a lot of good people around to help, which is good.” Simpson well knows the pressures of playing in finals having played in about seven himself, four of which ended with the prize. Reflecting on his side this year Simpson said if they were any holes it was probably lacking a little bit in the ruck department and some onballers. “We’d lost a few players, few forwards, probably about half a dozen who were borderline players but we picked up Michael Searle, a big name player,” Simpson said.
“We have also picked up some guys like Jesse Galea and Shannon Donegan, Ben Beasley – ones who played last year in the twos have made the step up to play senior footy.
“Paul McMahon, a valuable player, is one of the ones form Lakers that I knew pretty well from when he was a junior, a quality player.”
While it would be good to be sitting on top of the ladder at this stage of the season, Simpson said he was quite happy with where Springbank was. “I think a lot of the top teams will play each other and by the end of the year you’ll get an idea where everyone fits. You need to finish as high as you can to give yourself the best chance,” Simpson added.