Ballarat FNC has this week landed three big signings.
Former AFL & VFL player, Andrew Hooper has committed to the club as playing assistant Coach for season 2019. Also signing to the club this week is Ash Munari and Stephen Patterson from Carisbrook FNC.
Having announced publicly on Monday his decision to call time on his VFL Career, Hooper today confirmed his decision to take on the playing assistant coach role.
I could see the enormous potential with this playing group. I’m hoping to add some experience and on ground leadership to our young list and am looking forward to working closely with Joe (Carmody).
Hoopers’ playing career is a decorated one. Having played his entire junior career with Golden Point JFNC, hooper then played two seasons with the GWV Rebels in 2008-09. He was selected to play for the Victorian Country side at the AFL Under-18 Championships and was the joint-winner of the Larke Medal, with David Swallow awarded to the best and fairest player at the championships. At the AFL Draft camp, Hooper came second in the agility test, third in the 20 m sprint and equal third in the standing vertical jump, before being picked up by Western Bulldogs affiliate Williamstown in the VFL.
He was promoted to the primary list in round 15 of 2010 season, and made his senior debut with the Western Bulldogs in the 1st semi final against Sydney Swans kicking a crucial goal sparking a bulldogs comeback putting them into a preliminary final. Hooper was drafted to the Bulldogs senior list at the conclusion of 2010 and played a further two seasons before being delisted at the end of 2012. He then played with Glenelg FC (2013-14) in the SANFL, North Ballarat Roosters (2015-16) VFL, and Werribee FC (2017).
Andrew Hooper was also Werribee’s leading goal kicker for season 2018.
Hooper, 27, has existing family connections with the club with his brother Daniel involved at junior level. Daniels son Emerton (Andrews nephew) plays with Ballarat’s under 10 squad.
Ash Munari this season kicked 105 goals for Carisbrook including one haul of 18! He will add some serious potency to our forward structure.
Stephen Patterson also comes with a raft of experience and was awarded best on ground for Carisbrook in their grand final victory in the Maryborough-Castlemaine District FNL.
The club hopes to announce further key signings in the coming week.