Ex-Docker Dodd takes over as Dampier Sharks coach
He played 101 games for Fremantle in the AFL and 119 for East Fremantle in the WAFL, and now Steven Dodd has turned his hand to coaching and will head up the Dampier Sharks for the 2019 North Pilbara Football League season.
Dodd moved to Karratha to work as an electrician on the construction of the health campus, but his family quickly grew accustomed to the Pilbara lifestyle, so they decided to stay.
“Once we got up here and realised we were able to focus on ourselves and see the kids enjoying Mum and Dad time, we figured it was a great opportunity and thought ‘why not stick it out for a few years?’,” he said.
It was former coach Beau McDonald who brought Dodd into the club, with the two having once played against each other in the AFL. “Having played for the East Fremantle Sharks, I had a bit of sentiment towards the Sharks up here, so I played a few games last year before I hurt my shoulder,” he said. “But I know the foundations Beau put in place and some of the playing group, so when the opportunity arose to coach, I threw my hat in the ring and now we’re four weeks into pre-season.”
With almost three months until the NPFL season kicks off, Dodd is focusing on getting his team ready to fire for round 1.
“Guy Langdon, who was last year’s best and fairest, has gone to Perth to have a crack at WAFL footy, so he’s a big loss,” Dodd said.
“But our numbers have been really good at training, there’s a great vibe around the club and it’s really player-driven.”
“It’s a work in progress but I’m really looking forward to the challenge and helping the boys to win the flag.”
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