Magpies set to soar under Ramsay


By Andrew Brasier

MONTMORENCY Football club's newly appointed senior coach Garry Ramsay believes the NFNL Magpies
can make significant improvement in 2019.
The 50-year-old, who is coming off four successive grand finals as Macleod coach including a premiership
(2015), said he expected Mont "to aim high'' in the coming season.
The experienced coach and triple premiership player (with Eltham) also led Lower Plenty to a second division
flag in 2011. He said he was "excited'' to be leading the Magpies, who finished seventh on the NFNL
division one ladder this year.
Ramsay (pictured second from left with Mont vice-president Mark Smith, far left, president Greg
Bowman, second from right, and vice-president Mark Cleary, far right) 
said Mont had a swag of
talented youngsters whom he wanted to transform into regular senior players.
He added that he hoped to create a culture in which the playing group "expected to win each week''.
The new Mont coach pointed out that when he joined Macleod in 2013 it was in a similar position to what
the Magpies are in now - down the ladder with a good group of young and talented players.
He said he was attracted to Mont because of its strong juniors base.


Strong juniors

"I like the strong junior profile of Mont,'' he said. "It suits my style of football. I am interested in developing
Mont's juniors and marrying the two clubs (senior and junior clubs). Mont's juniors are among the strongest
in the area.''
Ramsay is confident he can achieve good results for the Magpies because he has been involved with similar
journeys before - with Lower Plenty and Macleod. "I have done this before,'' he said. "I have a process to follow
and I have learned from mistakes. I think every year I have learned a bit more about coaching. I think the
competition is even, but I think we will go in every week expecting to win.''
Ramsay said Mont would build its new game approach from a strong fitness base.


Disciplined team
"The first thing is get everyone to reach their potential fitness wise,'' he said. "My goal is also to get a disciplined
team that follows a routine of healthy behaviours. The best way anyone can improve is to be fitter than they were
the year before. And it is not only about developing their football. It's also about developing their mindset so
they always aim high.''
So while the 2018 is still fresh in many minds, Ramsay is already enthused about the task ahead.
"Let us get stuck into it,'' he vowed.
MFNC president Greg Bowman welcomed Ramsay to the club and said all at Mont werre looking forward to what
the new coach would bring to the Magpies.
"Garry has a proven record of achievement and we believe he is the right man for the job given our
stage of development,'' Bowman said.
Pre season training is expected to kick off in the middle of November.