Giving Cats Lowe-down

March 09, 2018

New Mooroopna coach Brad Lowe and Shane Hughan celebrate the club’s last Haisman Shield title in 2003-04.

Mooroopna will look to push back into Haisman Shield finals contention after appointing dual premiership player Brad Lowe as coach for the next two seasons.

Lowe played his junior cricket with the Cats and won two Haisman Shields with the club, before a focus on football coaching led to his departure.

But back in the fold, Lowe said he had been brought in to get the best out of a promising group.

‘‘The main reason I’ve been brought in is the club feels the performance standards with training have dropped — that’s why they want a coach,’’ he said.

‘‘That’s my role and where we have to improve.

‘‘Even the young blokes have said the club needs to step up the training levels, and that’s a big positive.

‘‘We have to have guys working harder so we get better.’’

Lowe said the atmosphere and overall vibe of the club made it a place he wanted to continue his coaching journey. ‘‘There’s some really great people around and it’s a great place to be,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s the whole atmosphere, I’m at the age where I have kids now and I’d like them to experience that too.’’

And it is a return to a good stomping ground for Lowe given his past success with the Cats.

‘‘I was very lucky, I played in a golden period there and won my first Haisman when I was 17 and probably took it a bit for granted,’’ he said.

‘‘We won again a few years later, but football took over a bit and became pretty full-time. But I’ve always loved the game and the club has been a bit of a second home for me.’’

Lowe said Sam O’Brien would front the side as captain in the new campaign.

‘‘Sam O’Brien will captain the side, and we’re hoping to bring a couple of guys back to the club as well,’’ Lowe said.

‘‘Sam’s at a good age to take that next step and play quality cricket, but he loves the club, which is the main thing.

‘‘We want to take the load off guys like Paul Marshall and Jeremy Mullane, get an even spread of contributors and really take pride in our cricket.’’

The Cats missed finals on percentage this season after finishing with just four wins for the season.

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