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The youngest of the South Metro Stars Interleague programs, the Under 13’s, will be introduced into representative football by first time interleague head coach, Bill Leggett.

Bill has coached at Opens external link in new windowMordialloc-Braeside since 2011 and coached the Under 15 Division 2 premiership in 2013. He went on to coach the Under 16 Division 1 team after last season after winning promotion but isn’t coaching at club level in season 2015 as the club has a two year policy, preferring to rotate their coaches.

Bill wanted to keep coaching football in some capacity this season, so when the opportunity to coach Interleague arose, he jumped at the chance. “The club rang me and said there may be an opportunity. I was thrilled for my name to be put forward,” he said.

“I’ve been able to watch the carnival over the past couple of seasons, with boys from my club team representing the league and I thought that I would love to be a part of it in a coaching sense. The fact that I am able to coach the Under 13’s is great as it’s an introduction for myself and all the players too.”

Bill began his football career quite late, starting as a 17 year old at Mazenod before going on to play in five premiership winning teams across a career that spanned 20 years. He also holds a Level 1 Youth Accreditation. 

The men assigned to the task of assisting Bill in the role will be Darin Edwards, Ben Kelly and Mark Jackson – who all hold Level 1 AFL Youth Coaching Accreditation’s.

Darin comes from the successful Opens external link in new windowBeaumaris Sharks and has coached various age groups over the past five years. In 2015, he will coach the Under 13’s.

Keeping the trend of different SMJFL clubs, Ben Kelly has been associated with Opens external link in new windowSouth Melbourne for the past decade and held various Head Coach and Assistant Coaching roles. Ben also had a successful playing career, playing Under 19’s and reserves football in the Opens external link in new windowSANFL for West Adelaide. 

Like David Sheridan, who is part of the under 15’s South Metro Stars squad, Mark Jackson played his junior football with De La Salle, progressing through to seniors and having a stint with Melbourne Football Club Club’s Under 19’s. Mark is also now involved with Opens external link in new windowSt Paul’s McKinnon and will coach the Under 13’s this season.

Training for the Under 13’s squad commenced last week with around 130 participants currently. In week 10, the squad will be cut to 48 boys who will make up a Division 1 and Division 2 team. This will be followed by a jumper presentation night to all players approximately one week prior to the Interleague carnival.

“Seeing so many faces at training last week was a bit daunting. But meeting all the players and the other coaches was great. We had never met before, but we all clicked straight away and share the same values in how we think the boys should play and go about their footy,’ Bill said.

The carnival will involve three teams in a one-day round robin tournament held on Sunday 7th June on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend at Opens external link in new windowBulleen Park. The South Metro Stars will compete against the South East Juniors and the hosting league, the Yarra Junior Football League. Each team will play two games, with eventual winner being decided by the highest ranked team after both their matches.

More information and contact details can be found on the Interleague tab at the top of the page.