West Coast Pirates out for growth in 2018
Story by Edward Nixon
New Cash Converters West Coast Pirates Coach Daniel Manning says he wants to see his players grow in 2018 as his side prepares for their SG Ball season opener on Saturday.
Photo: New West Coast Pirates Coach Daniel Manning (centre) with Assistant Coach Phil Douche and Callan Gibson (Football Manager
Having guided the WA State Men’s Team to an eighth straight Combined Affiliated States Championship title last year, Manning was appointed as the Pirates’ Head Coach in October and will lead the team in the SG Ball Competition.
“I want to bring a new culture to the Pirates,” he said.
The 34-year-old joins a new look Cash Converters West Coast Pirates coaching staff, with Assistant Coach Phil Douche arriving from the North Beach Sea Eagles, while Callan Gibson joins from the Fremantle Roosters as the new Football Manager.
“There’s going to be a whole new atmosphere brought down to the club. We each have our individual skillsets we’ll bring,” Manning said.
The Cash Converters West Coast Pirates, who finished bottom of the SG Ball standings last season with a 0-8 record will have a key focus on defence in 2018 after surrendering a league-high 470 points in 2017.
“From my experience of coaching, defence is the number one key,” Manning said.
“Our focus this year has been more of the defensive side rather than the ball-skill side of things.”
In team news, Manning expects captain Tyler Hunt to have a standout season after being named the NRL WA Life Members Raising Star in the 2017 NRL WA Smarter Than Smoking Premiership Competition.
“Tyler’s like a sponge, he listens to everything you say and takes it on board and learns from it.”
The Cash Converters West Coast Pirates open their SG Ball season at home to the Parramatta Eels at Ken Allen Field this Saturday at 11am, before travelling to take on the North Sydney Bears on February 17.
Saturday’s game will be part of a double-header with the Pirates Under 19’s to play a Papua New Guinea side at 12.30pm.