New Division 1 coach announced: Congratulations Murray Scott
Murray replaces Kade Heke, who stood down as Divison 1 coach at the end of the season. We wish him well in his new role and know that going forward the team is in safe hands. We will profile Murray in the next newsletter.
We want to thank Kade for all his hard work and Chris Pugh has kindly written the bio below outlining Kade's time as the Division 1 coach
I’ve been asked to write a few words about Kade, who has decided to step away from the Senior Coaching role at the club.
Having worked as Kade’s assistant for the last 2 seasons I have seen how much time and effort he has put in to the role of coaching the Nelson Senior A team. It hasn’t been a case of just turning up to training on a Tuesday and Thursday and then getting along to the game on Saturday. It is all consuming and took most of his waking hours and even some of his sleep. Kade has been the Senior A Head Coach since 2014 and has overseen the teams continued high standing in both the Nelson Bays local competition and the Tasman Trophy.
As far as results and championships go Kade has led a successful campaign. Probably our most treasured trophy The Noel Barton Memorial Trophy (The Bart) has stayed in our clubrooms since 2015 and we have won the Tasman trophy in 2016 and 2018. Under Kade we have also won the local Nelson Bays competition in 2017. An outstanding record for the club over recent years. Also of note is the number of players who have progressed to Marko and Super Rugby Teams over the years that Kade has been at the helm. In recent times Dave Havili, Quinn Strange, Ethan Blackadder, Issac Salmon and Tima Faingaanuku have all been selected for Super Teams.
Kade never got rattled on game day, well at least that was the impression he gave. Even in the heat of finals footy or important games, he always seemed calm and collected which I’m sure settled the players down. He cared deeply about the players and developed a great culture amongst the team. He is partial to the odd drinking game and was constantly looking at ways of keeping the players motivated and enjoying each other’s company, organising team functions to introducing novel scavenger hunts around Nelson when the grounds were closed on training nights. He was always keen to make things fun and enjoyable so the players didn’t get bored.
He’s leaving on a high note, winning the Tasman Trophy this season in a torrid final against a strong Marist outfit on a horrendous day at Neale Park. He had been under immense pressure from the Tasman union to change the venue but Kade wanted home ground advantage. I don’t think any of us thought it was going to turn into quite the quagmire due to the amount of rain that fell just before and during the game but Kade knew his players and he was proved right.
Thank you Kade for all of your efforts over the last 5 years, you are leaving the senior team in great heart and have set the bar high for those that follow.