Grant McKenzie and Ray Smith contemplate the challenge of next season?s new Queensland State League second division competition
Grant McKenzie and Ray Smith contemplate the challenge of next season?s new Queensland State League second division competition

Blues put trust in Macca

By TANIA PHILLIPS

LONG-time CoolangattaTweed Blues stalwart Grant McKenzie is set to take on a whole new challenge for the club in next year's new AFL Queensland State League second division competition.

McKenzie, who has been with the club since starting as a junior in 1977, has been appointed to coach next season.

He takes over from for- mer AFL player Mark Roberts, who took the club to a premiership and a semifinal berth in his two-year tenure. Roberts has moved up to coach Labrador in next season's first division competition - one tier below the AFL.

McKenzie faces a big challenge with at least ten members of this year's team not available for next season.

But the Blues are a passion for the man they call Macca - he has won two premierships with them, captained the main side for six years and is currently also treasurer and manager of the licenced club.

"I have been here since 1977 and bar three years at Southport and one season in Cairns and one in the Northern Territory I have played all my footy here," he said.

McKenzie said he was looking forward to the new challenge.



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