O’Reilly appointed First Team
Head Coach for 2023
Armadale Soccer Club are pleased to announce the NPLMWA coaching panel for next season, and they are delighted that John O’Reilly will continue his role as first team Head Coach, after leading the side to their best points total in the NPL, while taking the club to the Belt Up State League Cup and the round of 32 of the Australia Cup.
O’Reilly will go into his seventh season at Alfred Skeet Reserve, and will be become the longest serving coach at the club, and is currently the longest serving coach at one club in the NPL. He was instrumental in leading the club to two State League Cup Finals, winning it in 2018, and two games in the round of 32 of the Australia/FFA Cup, and he is looking forward to continuing the improvement.
“Delighted to continue my role at the club, and I’d like to thank former President Ken Madeley for his support over the years, and I’m looking forward to working with new President Chris Bates,” he explained.
“The club has grown in the seven years I’ve been involved, and the hard work behind the scenes from everyone here has been fantastic, it’s like a family, and yes, we have our ups and downs, but it’s great to be involved. Last season was a great ride, we brought some players back to the club, and played some of the youngsters, and they never let me or the club down, the whole squad was outstanding, and we will look to add to that in 2023.”
New President Chris Bates said O’Reilly did a great job last season and he is looking for more in 2023. “I’m looking forward to working with John, he was outstanding last season and the results showed that,” he explained. “It’s a new era and a new beginning for the club, we have come in and are excited to build on last season’s success. We have worked hard to bring in the right people for our club, and we believe we have the coaching panel to take us to the next level, with John leading that group, and we will be looking to build on the success of last season’s 50th anniversary.”
O’Reilly said the new working committee have some great ideas, and he hopes to re-pay the faith they have put in him. “Having spoken to the new consortium, who have taken over the club, they have big plans, and are putting things in place to make the club one of the biggest in the state,” he explained.
“I’m hoping to bring more success and re-pay them for their trust in me, and having spoken to them things look bright going forward, and I can’t wait to get started. I’d like to thank Paul Oliver, who has moved on, for his work last season, and to Sam Hutchings, who were both fantastic. I’m looking forward to working with the coaching panel next season, and helping the club continue their growth.”