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Bombers pick up a Penny

Bombers pick up a Penny

Penshurst F.N.C

Penshurst Football Netball Club has signed Cameron Penny as the club’s senior coach for the 2020 Mininera and District Football League season.

Having enjoyed a strong playing career, which saw him win a number of personal and team accolades at varying levels, Penny’s playing career was cut short with constant knee injuries.

Finalising his new role this week, the 36-year-old looks forward to the challenge ahead.

“I’ve had a couple of years away from the game and the fire’s been burning I guess you could say, so coaching is something I’ve definitely been keen to do,” he said.

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity, Penshurst’s professionalism in the interview process was pretty impressive and I’m really looking forward to the challenge.

Growing up in the Wimmera region, Penny completed his schooling at Monivae College, before moving to Melbourne for university and playing in the top division of the Victorian Amateur Football Association.

From there he returned home and played with Horsham Demons in the Wimmera league, winning premierships with the club, while winning the Toohey Medal in 2006, the league’s senior best and fairest.

“Unfortunately, my knee injuries got the best of me pretty early and I haven’t played since 2011, but I played with some great clubs,” he said.

“I obviously played a bit back home at Harrow-Balmoral and with Horsham Demons, but also played at a pretty good standard for Uni Blues in the VAFA.

“I was lucky enough to get involved with the Hamilton Kangaroos for a couple of years, but the last couple of years the focus has been family, and I think that will transition to Penshurst, which is a family club.”

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Penny takes over the role from Justin Eales, who held the position for many seasons, taking the Bombers deep into the finals on most occasions.

Having lost this season’s grand final by five points, the club should be in the mix again for the 2020 season.

Penny says his priority is speaking to all of the playing list in the coming days.

“From here, I’ll be calling all the players we’ve had at the club and hopefully we can have the players commitment sorted pretty quickly,” he said.

“Then the club will have a get together in a couple of weeks where we will sort pre-season training out and get planning for next year.”

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