It’s rewarding but it’s a 12-month a year job these days. Last year I sat down and spoke to two players on Mad MondayKerry Bahr
JINDERA coach Kerry Bahr will step down as coach at the end of the season.
Bahr, who guided the Bulldogs into last year’s grand final against Osborne, informed Bulldog players of his decision at training on Tuesday night.
“I spoke to the club a while back and I just think it’s better off to go out and get a playing coach if they can,” Bahr said.
“A hard-nosed midfielder with some age and leadership would be ideal to help the younger blokes along.”
While Albury’s Joel Mackie has been strongly linked to returning to Jindera, it is believed the Tiger veteran could extend his career at the Albury Sportsground for another season.
Bahr said he was unsure if he would coach again.
“I’ve been playing or coaching since 1985,” he said.
“It’s got a bit silly with work and I’m not really thinking about it at the moment.
“It’s rewarding but it’s a 12-month a year job these days.
”Last year I sat down and spoke to two players on Mad Monday.
“You never say never though so I’ll just see what happens.”
The Ovens and Murray stalwart, who played in senior premierships at Lavington in 2001 and 2005, believes Henty and Brock-Burrum will take beating.
“The comp is a little stronger than last year, but if you make it you are a chance,” Bahr said.
“It would be nice to think we could progress.
“Brock-Burrum and Henty are going to take knocking off at this stage.”
Bahr has played or been an assistant-coach at Walbundrie, Walla, Osborne, Culcairn and Jindera as well as coaching Lavington’s thirds.
He also worked with Brendan Fevola and Drew Barnes at Yarrawonga.
Jindera is sitting third on the ladder with three rounds remaining and gained confidence from last weekend’s impressive second-half performance against Culcairn at Jindera.
“It’s probably the best we have played in my time at the club,” Bahr said.
“Trent Castles kicked 12 but we had eight other goalkickers on the day.
“There were some good signs.
“Culcairn is a good side and I was really happy with how we played.”
Jindera take on Rand-Walbundrie-Walla at Walla on Saturday with the Giants desperate to win to stay in the mix for finals.
The Bulldogs won by a point when they met earlier in the season.
In two key match-ups, Castles is set to be picked up by Brian Lieschke while Tom Weldon is likely to go to Giants coach Myles Aalbers.