ADELAIDE ARSENAL RE-SIGN DARRYL SCAIFE AS HEAD COACH FOR 2015 / 2016 SEASON
(GOLD COAST, Queensland – Tuesday, December 16, 2014)
LFL Oceania and Adelaide Arsenal Football Club officials have announced the contract renewal of Darryl Scaife as Head Coach of the Adelaide Arsenal. Scaife and his staff will be returning in preparation of LFL Oceania’s biggest season, as the sport prepares to launch in South Australia as well as increase its visibility with grander television carriage, consumer products at retail as well as reality TV in Australia and New Zealand.
Scaife and his experienced staff that includes James Pearce, Chris Pearce, Kasum Hadimesic fit the mold of LFL Oceania’s new directive of hiring on more experienced coaches which included the recent hiring of Western Australia Angels head coach Michael Kerr.
“The coaching direction we are taking league-wide in Australia is truly exciting as it will greatly improve the caliber of play on the field. Australia media and fan’s expectations of our inaugural season were not has high as they will be going into the 2015 season, thus it will be imperative to have coaches with an established understanding of the game, leading our clubs. Being in our infancy as a sport and business in Australia, we are bound to make mistakes, however it is very re-assuring to know you will at least have loyal people of unquestionable character building the sport alongside us, we believe Coach Scaife fits that pedigree”, said Mitchell S. Mortaza, Managing Partner, LFL Oceania.
The Adelaide Arsenal although an expansion franchise are expected to draw one of the league’s biggest fan bases with its home grounds being central in Adelaide at Coopers Stadium in Hindmarsh.
“I revel in the challenge of building a winning franchise from vision to reality. While we missed the opportunity to compete this past season, the added preparation will only improve the product on the field. With our core group of athletes and new additions to follow with our February open tryouts, myself and my coaching staff are absolutely thrilled to be part of LFL Oceania’s debut in Adelaide”, said Darryl Scaife, Head Coach, Adelaide Arsenal
Adelaide Arsenal open tryouts will be in February 2015 (Date, Location, Time will be announced January)
ABOUT LFL OCEANIA
Legends Football League Oceania (or ‘LFL Oceania’) was recently rebranded from LFL Australia in anticipation of the sport’s debut in New Zealand. LFL Oceania’s origin dates back to the 2012 LFL USA All-Star Games Tour in Sydney and Brisbane that drew capacity crowds and led to the formation and launch of the sport in Australia, December 2013. LFL Australia debuted with (4) four clubs, the Western Australia Angels, New South Wales Surge, Victoria Maidens and Queensland Brigade. Following its high-rated broadcasts on FOX Sports since 2009, LFL Australia was the first-ever Australian women’s sport to be awarded a national free-to-air television deal with Seven Network’s-7Mate. The LFLon7Mate broadcasts drew television audiences of 300,000 regularly, beating the television ratings of more established Australian sports such as A League. Stadium attendance was also a major success story with LFL Australia’s NRL / AFL stadiums drawing crowds (30%) thirty-percent higher than projected attendance. Due to LFL Australia’s successful launch, the sport drew expansion into Adelaide with the formation of the Adelaide Arsenal. Ultimately, LFL Oceania will consist of (9) nine Australia based clubs and (3) three New Zealand based clubs.