Swifts coach (left) Damian O'Donohue.
Swifts coach (left) Damian O'Donohue. David Nielsen

Like a Duck to water for Swifts boss

DAMIAN "Ducky'' O'Donohue made his senior coaching debut for Swifts in a 28-18 win over Norths last weekend.

For the man who bleeds red, white, and blue for the Bluebirds, it was a long time coming.

Ducky was named coach in 2008, before a heart attack in pre-season forced him to step away from the role.

Restored to the position, the new coach said it was worth the wait.

"I'm loving it, I really am. It's something I've wanted to do for a long time,” O'Donohue said after the win.

"Everyone was saying I looked really nervous, but honestly I didn't feel it.”

The new coach called his players "a great bunch of blokes”, and has embraced the challenge of coaching and A-Grade side.

And according to round one, two-try hero Zeb Nuuola, the feeling in the dressing rooms is mutual.

"He's a good coach, he brings the boys together and that's a big thing,” the fifth-year Bluebird said.

"He's one of the boys. He dances in the club rooms and has a joke. He's brought the brotherhood back through all the grades.”



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