A Grade coaches

Stuart Wells who assisted Scott Wendelborn in 2017 and has a long association with the club as a player, supporter and committee member has been appointed as the senior coach and will carry on with the work that Scott put in last year. He will be ably supported by Elijah Ware who will be the assistant coach. Elijah played his first season with us in 2017 and he and his family have enjoyed their time with the club, have got involved with the netball club with their girls and Elijah, who played for Central Districts and Port in the AFL, believes he has a lot to offer us and believes that he and Stuart working together will be a strong coaching team for us. Elijah will continue to play in the A’s as well.

We believe that appointing a coach from inside the club meets on of our key club values which is to support and promote local wherever possible. With Stuart already having one season with the A’s as the assistant and Elijah who now has one season with us as a player and a very experienced footballer, as a team we believe they will get the most out of our boys this year. Both Stuart and Elijah are also looking forward to working with our other coaches this season.

B Grade Coach

Brandon Chaplin will be coaching our B grade team and our club welcomes him back after doing the B grade in 2017 and C grade in previous years. Andy Adams and Matt Smith will be Brandon’s assistants.

Brandon has been around football for many years and is the Chaplain for the Port Adelaide football club. He brings with him a large contingent of players from his local church in Blackwood.

Brandon is also the IBCGFC Chaplain so if anyone needs to talk to someone about anything then please look up Brandon and he will assist. He can be contacted on 0437848209

Open Women’s Team Coach

Bernie Hegarty is the coach for our Senior Female Football Team. He grew up, and still lives in Hawthorndene, father to three wonderful daughters. Bernie started playing footy aged 6 for Blackwood Primary and finished playing at about age 36. Played most of his senior footy at CBC Old Collegians in the Amateur League, (242 games). Played country footy in Whyalla SA, Alexandra, country Victoria, Katherine NT, (representative footy for Katherine), and a hand full of games for THE MIGHTY THUNDERERS, IBCGFC in 1989.

Never played in a Premiership Team, but was a part of Clubs that tasted the ultimate success of Premiership glory. Captained various teams that he played in. Never won a B&F Award, but won four Best Team Man Awards. Bernie still yearns for the feeling/joy that comes from winning games and Premierships. He has enjoyed being an assistant coach with the Ironbank Cherry Gardens A Grade Netball team, three successive Grand Finals, regrettably only one Premiership.

Bernie enjoys imparting the football knowledge that he has gained over the years, and making this a successful and fun football environment to be a part of for the girls.

U18’s Senior Colts Coach

Gary (Gaz) Campbell has agreed to coach our Senior Colts team in season 2018. He has been a previous A grade premiership captain in the late 90's and also coached our A grade for 4 seasons. In 2016 he coached our Junior Colts to a Grand Final appearance before having a season off last year.

Gary is a great communicator with the players and is looking forward to a strong year with this team of young men.

U16 Girls coach

Dave Farmer has been coaching and helping out at Ironbank for a few years now, starting off with coaching under 11's then the under 13's. Dave was also team manager for the 2016 mighty 15’s.

Dave also coached at Hawthorndene primary school for both cricket and football.

Dave says that “in the years I have been coaching and helping teams I have been lucky enough to have coached some amazing kids. I have also learnt a lot from some great people and coaches such as Gary Campbell, Nic How, Rocket, Glen Turner and John Rosman but most of all from all the kids.

My vision for the U16 girls is for them to have fun, learn lots about the game and about each other. Training for this year has been going since October including a couple of beach sessions. The girls are now in their second season and I am amazed how much they have improved.

They have come back after losing every game last year with excitement and determination to improve and hopefully have some wins! This is a testament to their commitment to the team and the club.” Go you girls!

U12 Boys

G’day all, I am Rob Keen the under 12s coach this season. As a child I grew up on a farm near Victor Harbor and played in successful football and tennis teams. As a footballer I was lucky enough to be coached by former SANFL players Greg Brand juniors and Bob Beecroft seniors as well as other great coaches and mentors.

I am married to Melissa and we have 3 great kids. Hayley, Georgia and Jack who plays in the team. We live in Blackwood. I work at Concordia College as a property maintenance man and my hobbies and interests are fishing, hunting, camping, body boarding and gardening.

SANFL teams I support are Sturt and South, AFL is West Coast Eagles.

As the coach of these young kids I expect them to play good hard clean football, with the main focus on the ball. Team Rules are simple

1.     Respect the opposition, the Umpires and Coaches, and to think  positively

2.     We can beat any team

3.     Have Fun!

We are playing for a premiership this year, so I am sure if we follow these team rules and give it our best - we can go all the way.

U14 Boys

Scott Matheson is the coach of the U14 boys side and has been involved with the Moddies and junior teams. Scott is married to Cassie and together they have three sons, Jacob, Max and Eli.  Scott played his junior football at West Adelaide and finished playing senior footy at Onkaparinga Valley.