The 2023 footy season will be the second for Will Wardle as coach of the Parkes Spacemen under 18’s side.
Last year the under 18s struggled to field enough players and had to rely on some of the under 16s to step up, but Will said, “We’ve got a good squad this year.”
Will, who is a plumber by trade, moved to Parkes two years ago. He is originally from Chirlmere, west of Sydney where he played in the Group 6 League competition.
Will went on to explain how he got the coaching role, “I turned up last year, was up there having dinner with Sammy and Joey Dwyer and Tony said, we need a coach, and I said if you get stuck I’ll do it, and I got the job.”
One of the team’s main priorities in the lead up to this season has been fitness, and they have been working hard at it, so we can expect to see some fast, exciting footy being played.
The under 18’s have a trial game coming up on Saturday, 18th March in Orange against the Orange Hawks, which is sure to be a great test for the boys.
Some of last year’s under 16’s, are this year stepping up into the Under 18’s. The team also has a new half back from Condobolin and he is expected to lift the team, in addition to another great recruit from Canowindra.
“If you are interested in playing this year, simply turn-up to training on Tuesday night, we are always happy to have new players,” said Will.