THERE’S a new man in charge at the Magpie nest, and despite it being his first coaching gig, he’s got plenty of experience on the football field.
Born in Sydney, but raised in Robinvale, 35-year-old David Fevaleaki played his first season with Werrimull Football Netball Club in 2020, after following his good friend, and then-coach Chris Lee.
Fevaleaki’s football journey began in the Under 11s at Euston.
“Since then, I have played at a few clubs across all levels from grassroots footy through to VFL,” he said.
Playing for the Bendigo Bombers in the Victorian Football League has meant Fevaleaki has played under some big name coaches, including the likes of Daniel Gash, Matthew Knights, Rod MacPherson, Shawn Filo and Tony Southcombe.
“Playing under some of the most successful coaches in Victoria I will try to replicate their processes and systems,” Fevaleaki said.
He believes what he has learned about ball movement, focusing on the fundamentals and team structure from these individuals will assist him in leading team well.
“I am looking forward to building upon the team structure Chris Lee developed during a COVID stricken 2020 and 2021,” he added.”As a player coach I will have to focus on communication and learn quickly how to get the most from each individual player.”
As a player himself, Fevaleaki, who plays in the backline, said his biggest strength would be attack on the ball.
His biggest achievement, he said, was playing in a curtain raiser game before the Collingwood versus Port Adelaide preliminary final on the MCG in 2003.
While next season there will be plenty going on for Fevaleaki on field, it’s going to be even busier off, as he juggles his own business rendering, while working with software solutions in the human relations/recruitment and sports tech space. He also has his own growing Instagram page (@fevpreneur) where he broadcasts podcasts, chatting with former AFL players.
By ZOEY ANDREWS