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Roosters Radio Episode 116: End of Season with Trent Robinson and Joe Kelly

On this episode, our season finale, we sit down with our Head Coach Trent Robinson and CEO Joe Kelly for the last word of 2021. 

Robbo reviews the season, how he is going to spend his offseason and what we have to look forward to in season 2022 with new signings of both players and coaches.

Our CEO Joe Kelly shares his thoughts on the season, the re-opening of our clubs post COVID and he gives us an update on the Waverley bowling club development.

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The Roosters Head Coach spoke about his learnings from season 2021, one that will be remembered by Members and supporters for years to come. 

"I learnt the importance of leadership and stability," he said.

"So we actually had that right from Nick (Politis). Nick sets the tone for us as well and that is absolute support. But also we've had some really good succession planning, which I didn't really see coming, but sort of did.

"And we had, to lose your two captains, you know, playing 18 minutes of footy in the year, you know, we had to have some really strong guys coming through. And obviously, Teddy (James Tedesco) and Jared (Waerea-Hargreaves) led the way there.

"But I was really happy with guys like Nat Butcher, especially Joey Manu, Angus (Crichton) was leading us off in between games. Isaac Liu and Siua (Taukeiaho) just put their shoulder to the wheel.

"So I learnt that leadership isn't just only the guy at the top, the captain of the team, you need to spread it because that's the team; that's what a team needs through the course of a season. I think I've learnt the adaptability of staff and players even more so, like the highest amount of adaptability that we've had to do and what people are capable of.

"I think I may have talked to you guys about it before, but I learnt when I coached the Under 20s about not capping a team, I did that when I was coaching the Under 20s team. And I thought; 'Okay, they're only this good so therefore we can only get to that level'.

"And so this whole year was an experiment in not setting a limit on what teams are capable of and just allowing the players, the staff, to coach the hell out of each other and see what's possible. And we got that out of a lot of young guys."


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