Best is the best way to go at St Albans

September 19, 2017

Former Shepparton Swans brothers Jarrod and Hayden Best will co-coach Geelong Football League club St Albans next season.

There will be a distinct Shepparton feel in Geelong local football next season.

Former Shepparton Swans coach Hayden Best has been appointed co-coach of Geelong Football League club St Albans with brother Jarrod.

Hayden ended his two-season stint in charge at Princess Park last year and previously led Shepparton East to two Picola District Football League flags in 2010 and 2012.

He was also a senior assistant coach under Brett Warburton during the Swans’ famous 2014 Goulburn Valley League premiership upset against Benalla.

Hayden moved to Geelong this year and played at Bellarine Football League club battler Newcomb Power.

Jarrod enjoyed productive stints at the Swans and Shepparton East, while he played in a premiership at Hillside in the Essendon District Football League.

St Albans president Craig Osborne told Geelong Advertiser it would be an exciting new era at the club with the Best brothers in charge.

‘‘Given the fact they’re from country football, at Goulburn Valley and Shepparton, it seemed to align, what it takes to be involved in a local football club,” Osborne said.

‘‘And we liked that. While it’s the No.1 ranked league in Victoria, it’s still local football. It takes volunteers to run (a club) and these guys get that. That’s what we liked.”

Meanwhile, former Euroa man Guy Morphet has been appointed coach of another GFL club, Leopold.

Morphet coached the Magpies to a reserves flag in 2014, but has moved to the Geelong area.

‘‘I was born and bred in Euroa, and my wife and I were at the point where we knew we wanted a change,’’ Morphet told

‘‘My brother had been in Ocean Grove for 12 months already and we just saw an opportunity.

‘‘Our oldest boy Oscar was just about to start high school and we thought the timing was right, and we just really love the lifestyle of the area.’’

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