Tigers appoint new leader

Earning his stripes: Tim MacDonald has stepped up to the role of senior coach at Woorndoo Mortlake.

Earning his stripes: Tim MacDonald has stepped up to the role of senior coach at Woorndoo Mortlake.

WOORNDOO Mortlake has brought in some tall timber as it looks to build on the foundations set in 2015.

New coach Tim MacDonald said the club has recruited Kolora-Noorat ruckman Matthew Fidge and Camperdown key forward Karl Dunn, as well as welcoming back former Tigers ruckman Mitch Jubb and key forward Grant Cameron.

“We targeted talls for this year, basically, which is what we were lacking last year,” MacDonald said.

“Everyone (we’ve brought in) is probably 6’4”.”

MacDonald, who served as an assistant coach under Heath Moloney last year, said the Tigers were setting their sights on increasing their wins column again in 2016 after a marked improvement last season.

“It was a huge improvement, I think,” he said.

“The season prior they didn’t win any games.

“To win two games (in 2015) and continually become more competitive was great to see.

“I think we’d like to go half-and-half (with wins and losses) this year; that’s what we’d look to aim at.

“I think our young group will continue to improve.”

Star midfielder Richard McCormick has recommitted to Woorndoo Mortlake for 2016, with most of the playing group set to go around again next season.

Shawn Andrews has also joined the coaching panel at the club.

MacDonald said there had been plenty of positive signs for the Tigers last season, and the group would be all the better for having another year under their belts.

“And obviously the inclusion of some experienced players will help,” he said.

Next season will mark the 34 year-old’s first foray into a senior coaching position, but he has a wealth of experience from different leagues behind him.

A former Kolora-Noorat player, he also spent five seasons with the metropolitan Southern Football League club Murrumbeena.

When the club approached him towards the end of last season to gauge his interest in the position, MacDonald said he had been eager to take up the challenge.

“It was something I thought I was ready to do,” he said.

“I think (my goal is) just continue to improve. Last year we had a lot of groundwork done with a young team, and just continue to develop that.”

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