New top rooster

Taking over from this year’s Roosters A grade premiership coach Shane Arbon, Luke Slattery is the new Crystal Brook senior mentor for 2018.

Slattery returned to his foundation club in 2014 and has been a part of the two grand final successes in 2015 and 2017.

Along with his success at club level, Slattery had played a key role in the Northern Areas Association’s Landmark Cup triumphs over the past couple of seasons.

‘The Brook’ is Slattery’s home club, where he grew up travelling to the footy and netball each Saturday during the winter, with his siblings.

Luke is the fourth of John and Geraldine Slattery eight children, brought up on the family farm at Narridy just outside of Crystal Brook.

He played for years with Hamley Bridge in the Adelaide Plains competition enjoying success in 2004.

After qualifying as a teacher Slattery spent three years at Port Adelaide in the SANFL from 2005 to 2007, before playing in grand finals with Torrens Valley in the Hills Country division of that league in 2008 and ’09, enduring close grand final losses both seasons to Kersbrook.

He would return to the SANFL Magpies and play 115 league games in Port Adelaide’s traditional prison bar jumper culminating in the emotive match against Glenelg at the end of the 2013 campaign, which was seen by many people as the last time the Magpies were truly a SANFL club.

Naturally excited about the undertaking Slattery proclaimed he, “has high quality talent to work with” and the club has achieved “high quality standards” under his predecessor Shane Arbon.

“I’ll be playing again and to coach my foundation club is pretty cool,” Slattery said.

“I’ve spoken to each of the 20 or so A-graders from last year and have received strong positive feedback.

“We’ve had a couple retirements in senior players Shayne Biasci and Matthew Gates.

“I have been being used in an on-field leadership role by Shane and I took trainings in Adelaide since I came back to the club in 2014.

“My number one philosophy is to be an open and honest communicator.

“It is important for me set high standards and live them.

“This game at our level is about mateship, fun and enjoyment.

“We’re also there to win.

“The winning looks after itself, if you do all the other things previously mentioned.”

With the Crystal Brook B grade also winning the premiership in 2017 and a number of strong young talents coming through the system, the key point indicators suggest the Roosters should again be right in the middle of the premiership race in 2018.