Paddy Lenane "really excited" to take over Green Devils presidency

As the Crookwell Green Devils' centenary year approaches, there have been sweeping changes to the club's management structure over the off-season.

New president: Paddy Lenane (right) will take over the club presidency and continue coaching with Chris Chudleigh (left). The pair are seen here presenting the She Devils' Best and Fairest award to Grace Smith in September. Photo: Crookwell Green Devils.

New president: Paddy Lenane (right) will take over the club presidency and continue coaching with Chris Chudleigh (left). The pair are seen here presenting the She Devils' Best and Fairest award to Grace Smith in September. Photo: Crookwell Green Devils.

The foremost of these changes was the recent announcement that She Devils co-coach, Paddy Lenane, would take on the role of club president.

Having taken over from John McGeechan, Lenane is "really excited" to tackle his new role.

"Hopefully I can do as good of a job as previous presidents. It's a big year for us, too, being a centenary year," he said.

Lenane confirmed he would retain his previous role as coach of the She Devils, which he shared with Chris Chudleigh during the 2019 season.

"[Coaching and management] works in pretty well because last year I was on the committee anyway. It goes hand in hand," he said.

"There's not too much in it, our committee's basically the coaches and managers anyway, so we're pretty much there on game day and training. We see each other most weekends."

The opportunity arose out of nowhere, Lenane explained. During a committee meeting, incumbent president McGeechan said he was too busy to head the club in 2020, and Lenane's name was one of several he put forward as possible replacements.

"[McGeechan] suggested that maybe I'd be a good one for it," Lenane said, "and he's still there to support me [as vice president]."

For some, taking over the presidency of a club on the eve of its 100th year might be daunting, but Lenane is eager to see what he and the rest of the Green Devils committee can do.

"We've got a few changes and new faces in the committee, which always brings a few new ideas," Lenane said.

"Especially this [coming] year, we're going to try and make it a special year for the club."

As president, Lenane intends to focus on the relationship between the senior and junior clubs.

"We're going to try and get the juniors involved [in the centenary celebrations] as well," he said.

"All our football gear is going to be the same as the juniors.

"We start off with our gear, and then through the year we might get the juniors to get involved on game day, which just brings them into it."

Lenane emphasised the importance of a strong connection between the junior and senior clubs, and said that the seniors probably wouldn't exist if not for the work of the junior Green Devils.

Another of the changes to take place over the off-season was the resignation of men's coach Simon Smith.

Smith, Lenane said, withdrew from the role because of personal time constraints, but the president is not concerned about the search for a new coach.

"We're just in the process of hunting around for a first grade coach," he said.

"We've got a couple of people in mind, but we'll have to have a talk to them.

"They're a good bunch of men. I don't think it'll be hard to get someone to coach them."

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