Eagles stick strong with Lopez

Matthew Lopez will have another big year ahead of him, leading the Tumut Eagles both on and off the paddock in 2020.

The Tumut Eagles have backed their 2019 president and first grade coach Matthew Lopez, voting him back in to lead the club again 2020.

Lopez, who has worked hard across both senior and junior age groups and has been integral to the introduction of the Eagles Futsal competition, was appreciative of the support he received throughout 2019.

“A big thanks to all committee members who worked very hard behind the scenes in 2019,” he said.

Lopez also highlighted some other changes to the Eagles executive committee going forward.

“Mark Evers is stepping up big time, which is awesome; taking on the role of club secretary, registrar and Miniroos coordinator,” he said.

“Sonia Gogala steps down as registrar and Doug Haley relinquishes the treasury role to Mick Gray, whilst other committee positions are maintained.”

On the Eagles coaching front, Lopez will have the assistance of Tumut Eagles product and Wagga City Wanderer player, Dylan Piper-Bye.

Piper-Bye suffered a heart-breaking ACL tear at the back end of 2019 and will not play in 2020 but will be looking to help by implementing what he has learned on the representative scene.

“Dylan has been exposed to some quality coaches, so he’ll know quality drills, play structures and some additional tactical knowledge and hopefully he brings that experience over to the Eagles,” he said.

“He’ll be another voice that the young and old players respect and listen to and it gives him good experience in assisting with the seniors squads.”

Piper-Bye was excited by the opportunity to be involved with the Eagles in light of his long-term injury.

“Well I’ve been involved with the Eagles my whole life as a player and I love the culture, so I wanted another way to stay involved with my injury,” he said.

“Coaching made sense because I could still be involved and help give back the club that’s given me everything.”

Piper-Bye is expected to miss another 8-10 months of football but will be a welcome addition to the young Eagles squad in 2020.

Unfortunately, his injury also highlights the depth issues within the club at the moment and Lopez and Piper-Bye will have a big task in getting the best out of their very young squad as they prepare for a gruelling Football Wagga Wagga Pascoe Plate challenge.

Despite this huge challenge and the addition of new committee members and coaching staff, Lopez wanted to reiterate the club still needs more assistance before and during their 2020 season.

“We ideally need parents of younger players and older players to be more active and involved with their club,” he said. 

“We cannot leave the work to the same individuals, whether with fundraising, sponsorship, or coaching the Miniroos and junior teams.”

If you are interested in getting involved with the Eagles, or want more information, feel free to contact the Tumut Eagles Facebook page.

2020 Eagles Committee

Club president – Matthew Lopez

Senior vice president – Ethan Kass

Junior vice president – Sandra Howell 

Secretary – Mark Evers 

Treasurer – Mick Gray 

Registrar – Mark Evers 

Member protection information officer – Mick Parker 

Canteen co-ordinator – Angela McLachlan 

Miniroos co-ordinator – Mark Evers