04 Oct Seagull returns to the Giants, Ince takes over Corio presidency
Geelong West Giants president Chris Wilkie has confirmed the signing of Barwon Heads ace Timothy Wight ahead of the 2019 season.
The 28-year-old will be reunited with his twin brother Mitch who will share the senior coaching role with Andrew Clark next year.
“He’s (Wight) been on the cards for the last 18 months but it’s been pretty hard to get him down while Barwon Heads has been flying in the Bellarine,” Wilkie said.
“Now that his brother has come on board as co-coach he thought the time was right to come back and the family will certainly enjoy having both boys around the same club again.”
Wight featured in 80 senior games for the Seagulls since crossing to the Bellarine from the Geelong West GFL side at the end of 2013.
Although he would only manage five senior appearances this season due to injury.
“He’ll be one of our on-field leaders no matter what,” Wilkie added.
“Though we’ve pinpointed him to play on a half back flank we don’t see any reason why he can’t also feature in our midfield throughout the season.”
He continued, “We’re talking to another couple of blokes so if they work out then maybe he’ll be a permanent midfielder but we’ll wait and see with them for now.”
“By Round 17 this year we had 98% of our group re-signed so we’re just waiting on those same two players to decide where they want to take their football in the next few years.”
After a winless 2016 season and a devsating sixth place finish last year the Giants made their long awaited return to the finals in 2018 before bowing out in the first semi final to Thomson.
As a result, Clark was nominated for the AFL Barwon Coaches Association “Senior Coach of the Year” title last night.
“Some people might disagree but if Reece Holwell and Brent Taylor (as well as the Modewarre guys) didn’t get up for their premierships then I think he would have been a great chance to win it,” Wilkie said.
“It’s just my opinion but after 21 years in the wilderness he coached them into the finals, won them a final and then we really stretched the eventual premier.”
“That’s not a bad effort in our books.”
MEANWHILE Greg Ince will lead Corio as president next season following the result of tonight’s club AGM.
He will be assisted by vice presidents Nadine Scoble and Terry Blackney, treasurer Vicki Winter, secretary Pauline Blackney, senior football co-ordinator Joshua Cowton and netball co-ordinator Robyn Bellwood.
By Alex Tigani
GDFL Media (04/10/2018)