Kass named Eagles president

Ethan Kass, pictured here playing for the Eagles in 2019, will be the club’s new president.

The Tumut Eagles will have a new face leading the club with Ethan Kass taking the president’s role made vacant by the departing Matthew Lopez.

In a Zoom meeting held on Tuesday evening, Tumut Eagles members elected Kass into the role, while Matt Casey will now step up into the senior president’s role.

“The meeting went well. We agreed on the clubs stance for the season, which will be presented to Football Wagga tonight (Wednesday) I believe,” Kass said.

“We have made another meeting for Friday which will discuss the Football Wagga meeting.”

Kass doesn’t envision doing much different to his predecessor, explaining that he hoped the club kept trending in the right direction.

“As for president, I filled in for (Matthew) Lopez a few times last year and just hope to keep things moving smoothly,” Kass said.

The new president also explained that Tumut would be sticking to their guns in relation to proposed changes being made by FWW, some that didn’t necessarily sit well with the Eagles.

“The club’s stance is no midweek games, as our senior team is full of students and adults who work late. Travelling to Wagga and back is a big trip and can be dangerous at night,” Kass said.

“We would also like to see the limited interchange rule for first grade taken away as there will be a limited preseason, and this will increase the risk of injury.”

As far as in house changes, Kass was excited for the season ahead but acknowledged that the club needed to source some junior coaches and that a return to training was a big issue before considering playing any FWW matches.

“We discussed our teams last night in the meeting. Some junior teams need coaches, but we have full teams,” Kass said.

“We are hopeful that once Football Wagga announces a start date, the (Snowy Valleys) Council will open fields and allow us to being training.”