Darryn Roche is the new coach of The Waves for next year.
Darryn Roche is the new coach of The Waves for next year. Mike Knott BUN211117WAVES5

COMING IN TO LAND: Roche takes over at Eagles

AUSSIE RULES: From a Bundaberg Bear to a soaring Eagle, Darryn Roche is ready for his next challenge in his sporting career.

The former Bundaberg Basketball coach for both the women's and men's sides has been announced as the new coach of The Waves Aussie Rules team for next year.

Roche takes over from Michael Sommer-Liverton who was coach for the past two years and guided the side to the last year's AFL Wide Bay title.

The 40-year-old admits the job was something he's been wanting to do.

"I am very proud and I feel privileged to coach the club I love,” he said.

"It was a pretty easy transition for me being an ex-The Waves player.

"I started with Waves when they first formed and I was a North Bundaberg junior.”

Roche said despite both sport being different he would use his basketball skills to help the side.

"Basketball and AFL share a similar structure in terms of how the games are played,” he said.

"I'll be looking to implement discipline and structure sort of stuff from my basketball days.

"I've got the experience in terms of a bit more professionalism from coaching at state level so I hope to take that into the future.”

But Roche knows it will be tough, the side missed the finals for the first time last year in over a decade.

"The aim is to bring the club back up to its glory days,” he said.

"It might take us a little bit, we are in a rebuilding phrase.”

Roche is also all about bringing pride back to the jumper and wants the club to get back to mateship and being like a family again.

When the side does play, Roche said the side would retain its flair from the previous The Waves of old.

"It's a two way game now,” he said.

"As long as they are getting back playing defence I don't mind them creeping into the forward line every now and again if they are going to help out.”

Players interested in playing can contact The Waves president Shaun Enever on 0402 009 201.



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