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Boars get silver lining

11/06/2018 / by admin

NEW ERA: Dave Silversides has signed on as the Batemans Bay Boars first grade coach.THE Batemans Bay Boars Rugby Club only received one application for the role of first grade coach.
Nanjing Night Net

But it was the only one they wanted.

Premiership-winning prop Dave Silversides has been confirmed as the Boars’ new head coach and club president Ken Croker couldn’t be happier.

“I’m very happy,” Croker said. “It was quite a pleasant surprise to see his nomination come across and his resume is just impeccable.”

Silversides said he can’t wait for the new season and that he is looking forward to working closely with everyone at the Boars.

“I’m very excited,” he said. “I’m looking forward to working with the committee, Andrew Fleming as the assistant coach and all of the support staff.”

It’s fair to say Silversides has big shoes to fill.

Departing coach Matt Ryan guided the Boars to four grand finals in a row, three of which led to premiership glories.

But Silversides said he feels up to the challenge both on and off the field.

“Matt Ryan did an exceptional job and my role now is to build on the success on the field,” he said.

“But just as importantly, we need to keep building the

culture of the club and encourage younger players to come through.

“That’s vital because we need to ensure the success is sustainable.”

Silversides may still be a relatively new face at the Boars, but he’s more than familiar with coaching.

He was captain-coach at the Deniliquin Rugby Club in the Riverina for three seasons before he took up a similar role at the Walgett Rugby Club in the Western Plains.

Success became a habit at both places and the newly-appointed boss is keen to bring that trend to the Bay.

“We won a grand final and had some other success at both clubs, so I do have some experience in that,” he said.

“But I’m well aware that this is a new club, a new challenge and I’m keen to move forward with everyone involved.”

Silversides insists it’s vital to get the right “blend” between youth and experience and he expects everyone to give 100 per cent effort.

“At this level of rugby, fitness is a key ingredient,” he said.

But off the field aspects are just as important for the new mentor and he came to be very fond of the Boars’ atmosphere last season.

“The culture at rugby clubs is the most important thing. So if you can get that right, you’ll have success on the field,” he said.

“So far, the Boars have got that right and I think the results show that.”

Silversides played in the front row for the Boars this year, so he knows the players well enough.

And while he wants to keep the winning momentum going, he wants to do it his own way.

“I won’t be changing too much, but at the same time I want to put my own stamp on things,” he said.

Silversides was still undecided as to whether or not he

will also play in the next season.

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