Snakes aiming high

Club planning to build on success

A new era has begun at Caboolture Sports with a new look committee, a new senior coach and new general manager.

Together they are plotting a course based heavily on developing young talent and expanding further into the fast-growing community.

General Manager Peter Dutton said the Snakes' aim was to be the "club of choice on the northside of Brisbane where the focus is on the whole club,” he said. “We want a professionally run club. One that's financially friendly to its members”.

"I’m here full time to relieve the volunteers. I know from experience (as former club secretary) about workload. People get burnt out.”

Duncan Tranent, formerly at UQ and Annerley. is also new having been appointed senior coach.

He has taken over after five years of success for Snakes' men having left the Sunshine Coast league and Joined Football Brisbane.

The top team had successive promotions to rise from the basement to the Premier League, finishing mid-table last season.

At the same time Snakes' senior women finished third in Capital League 1, but won the 2019 grand final.

Next season the focus is on youth. "This club has a lot of young players, there’s no point buying players in.”

Tranent said. "We have four or five players in the senior and reserve teams who have been here since they were seven year olds, which shows a clear pathway through the club."

But the aim remains high. “We want to win the title,” said Tranent.

"A lot of people have worked very hard to get to this point, now let’s get something to show for the fruits of their labours.”

Caboolture's impressive new grounds at Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex. Burpengary are also a community drawcard.

Peter Dutton said the club had hosted under 18 girls and under 16 boys national titles and the recent televised Indigenous Championships.

"We're trying to team up with MACS (Multicultural Association of Caboolture and Surrounds) for a league of nations." Mr Dutton said.

"And looking into all-ability football and blind football to make best use of this facility.'’

By NICK CROCKFORD Caboolture Herald

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