Brenton Rowe will continue as Kambalda’s senior coach in the Goldfields Football League next season as the club chases a rare flag.
The Eagles’ 33-year premiership drought is the longest among the GFL’s five senior clubs.
But president Matt Pryce yesterday said retaining Rowe as league coach was just the first step in building the club’s stocks for the long term.
“Brenton will be coaching again which is great because we’ve got to try and get some stability,” he said.
“One-year coaches, that’s mainly what we’ve had, with Justin (Tarasinski) among the exceptions. By appointing someone for two or three years, we can get something going for the future.
“But it’s a tough job in Kambalda, the toughest in the GFL with our transient population, the nature of work rosters, people coming and going and other factors
“Rowey is going again, though, which is great.”
In July, Rowe’s team broke a three-year losing sequence spanning 49 consecutive matches when they upset Railways by six points.
The win sparked wild scenes after the final siren — both on the field and among the club’s faithful supporters, who settled in for a big night of celebrations.
It was the first win for Kambalda, who were on the brink of folding two years ago, since round 13, 2015.
But it wasn’t easy, with the group holding on for dear life in a tense last quarter as Railways threatened with the breeze and finished the game with four more scoring shots.
Originally from Victoria, Rowe played for Railways in 2015 and 2016 before knee injuries forced his retirement.
He took over Kambalda’s league squad from Adam Bovalino without any senior coaching experience but proved to be a quick learner who is well respected by rival coaches and clubs.
Kambalda’s last grand final appearance was under Stan Ward in 2008 and they have not been crowned league premiers since 1985. The club’s Peter Ding Medal count is on October 13, ahead of the annual general meeting on November 4.