SWFL: New Busselton coach Matt Jamieson relishing the challenge of heading up reigning premiers

Josh KemptonSouth Western Times
New Busselton coach Matt Jamieson gives his side some direction.
Camera IconNew Busselton coach Matt Jamieson gives his side some direction. Credit: Josh Kempton/South Western Times

Taking over a side fresh off winning a premiership is a unique coaching challenge, but new Busselton mentor Matt Jamieson says he is loving leading the club.

A life member and two-time premiership-winning coach in 2021 and 2022 at Augusta-Margaret River, Jamieson left the Hawks after their sixth-placed finish last season and later signed on with the Magpies.

Speaking after registering his first win in charge of the club with a 33-point defeat of Carey Park in the 2023 grand final rematch on Saturday, Jamieson said he had been delighted with the level of hunger in the playing group.

“When I decided to finish at Margs, the approach came from Busselton. It was great, but I probably wasn’t too convinced initially,” he said.

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“I was able to have good conversations with the leaders and challenge them a little bit about where I think they’ve been for a long period of time.

“I just wanted to see that spark was still there and it definitely was. They’ve led the way all through preseason, they’ve got themselves in really good condition, sometimes after winning a premiership you can let yourself relax a little bit, but I’m really pleased with them.

“We’ve lost some personnel but the guys who have come in have got to the level pretty early, I wasn’t thinking that would come so early.”

Jamieson said he had been warmly welcomed by everyone at the Magpies.

“A new challenge has really reinvigorated my love again for the game, I suppose,” he said.

“It’s a big club, there’s a lot of support behind the scenes here.

“I had some great memories at Margs and I’ll forever cherish (those), they’re a great club.”

Busselton’s win over the Panthers was powered by a dominant seven-goal to one first half which saw them out to a 40-point lead at the main break, with Jamieson saying he was “very pleased” with the performance.

“It’s a new system and a new way we want to play, we’ve changed things up a little bit. I’m really pleased with the way the boys have adapted to that, it was on show in the first half,” he said.

“We had the game on our terms for a long period of time ... credit to Carey Park, they played it right out. We’ll obviously have a few things to work on during the week.”

The Magpies will look to continue their winning momentum when they head to Payne Park to take on Bunbury on Sunday, with the league game getting under way at 3pm.

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