Learning from the master is how new Two Wells Football Club Reserves coach, Noah Barnett, describes his first foray on the coaching bench.
The 22-year-old has been part of the club since he was a junior, playing under mentor and premiership-winning A Grade coach, Neville “Cheeky” Seccafien, since he was 16-years-old, taking to the field wearing the number one guernsey.
Unable to play this year due to an ACL injury on his left knee, Barnett is keen to learn all he can as a coach from Cheeky.
Currently completing his last year of an Exercise and Sports Science degree, Barnett is enjoying putting the theory into practice.
“I’ve done a lot of strength and conditioning training through uni, and now I can apply that to the players on the field here at the club,” he said.
“I’ve played with a lot of the boys and I’m looking to see the game from a different point of view.”
Barnett secured a placement with SANFL football club Central Districts last year and assisted their coaching team with strength, conditioning and running drills.
He hopes to use the skills learned there and build on them at Two Wells.
The Reserves team at the club has won back-to-back premierships over the last two seasons and Barnett is keen to make it three in a row, gleaning all he can from coach Cheeky along the way.
“It should be good, I’ll be able to learn from him as a coach as I did as a player,” he said.
“He has a rapport with all of the players that just works.
“He’s approachable and gets along well with all of the boys.
“I’m looking forward to the season ahead.”
The Two Wells senior football squad has been hitting the training track since early November, with player-led fitness sessions.
Since the start of the new year ball drill and skill sessions have been incorporated into the mix.