NSW SURGE ANNOUNCE HIRE OF TIMOTHY ROBENS AS HEAD COACH, LFL360.com
(SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Monday, February 9)
New South Wales Surge officials have announced the hiring of Timothy Robens. The seven-year coach has been involved in the game, as both a player and coach for nearly twenty-years in Australia, more recently as part of the Central Coast Sharks. The hiring of Robens completes an overhaul of coaching across Australia, placing an importance on experience and leadership, as the sport prepares for even greater visibility in 2015 with the announcement of new national media partners, consumer products launch into retail nationally across Australia and New Zealand, as well as expansion into Adelaide.
NSW Surge had an impressive inaugural season debut, winning the Grand Final, Legends Cup over the Western Australia Angels. The reason for the shift in coaching was more of a result of issues off the field and wanting to develop a more well-rounded franchise.
“We are incredibly grateful to former coach Jason Gaffey and his staff for guiding this franchise to a historic first-ever Legends Cup championship. We believe coach Robens will develop a club that will not only compete for a back-to-back Grand Final, but will also build a franchise around character, loyalty and resolve. At this stage of the maturation of our sport in Australia, being a team-player and someone that has a more big-picture perspective, is as important as talent”, said Mitchell Mortaza, Managing Partner, New South Wales Surge Football Club.
The Legends Cup champion Surge will enter the 2015 season not only armed with a new coaching staff, but also a move from Penrith to Parramatta, calling Piretk Stadium its new home ground alongside the Parramatta Eels, Western Sydney Wanderers FC and Greater Sydney Rams.
“This is truly an amazing opportunity to work with a great nucleus of talent that has demonstrated it can win. Surge fans can rest assured that alongside our continued commitment to winning as a franchise, we will also have an overall commitment to community, in establishing a club that becomes part of the fabric of sport in New South Wales over time”, said Tim Robens, Head Coach, New South Wales Surge Football Club.
Robens and his staff will kick off their coaching tenure at the upcoming New South Wales Surge, open trial on Sunday, 1 March. (Location TBA)
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 2009 as its US-based league’s broadcasts were shown nationally on FOX Sports in Australia. In 2012, due to the viewership success in Australia, an LFL USA All-Star Games Tour was announced and took place in Sydney and Brisbane drawing capacity crowds which 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