Harrow-Balmoral, Laharum lock in coaches | Horsham District league

Robbie Miller and Nick Pekin will continue to coach their respective teams next season.
Robbie Miller and Nick Pekin will continue to coach their respective teams next season.

LAHARUM coach Robbie Miller and Harrow-Balmoral coach Nick Pekin have both recommitted to their respective clubs for the 2019 Horsham District league season. 

Miller will head into his third season as coach next year and said it was good to get the news out early. 

“There were a few discussions but I’m happy to coach the club that I love,” he said.

“We have quite a few guys who can play well so we have a good list. We will look at adding a few to that as well.”

Miller has been coaching by himself this year and said he was open to having a joint coach or assistant coach come on board.

“Recruiting locally was tough last season but we will look for an assistant coach or joint coach, any possibilities are open at the moment,” he said. 

Laharum president Nadine Miller said it was a positive for the club to have the announcement done early.

“It will help us in the off-season with recruiting for players and an assistant coach,” she said.

“Robbie loves the club and the committee and recruiting committee all discussed it and believed it to be the best decision moving forward.”

Meanwhile, Pekin will coach the Southern Roos for a second season next year. Next season will be his third season at the club since joining from Horsham Demons. 

He said it was an easy decision to stay at the helm of the league leaders. 

“We don’t want to look too far ahead but player retention is the key,” Pekin said.

“We have a few things in the pipeline for next season but we are focused on the current season, that is our main priority.”

Pekin said he has thoroughly enjoyed his time in the blue and white. 

Nick Pekin addresses his team against Laharum in round 17.

“I’m loving it and I couldn’t have asked for a better club to join,” he said. 

“It’s easy on the family, close to home and it’s good to have the club’s support.”

Harrow-Balmoral president Rosemary Langley said Pekin had brought a great culture to the club. 

“He has put a task to the players and they have all responded, right from the seniors through to the reserves,” she said.

“We talked to all the players and they were all happy with him continuing. He has brought a lot of enthusiasm and knowledge of the game to the club. 

“He has a lot of respect and when you have that it goes a long way. We wanted to get it done and out of the road before the end of the season so everyone could know.”