Richard Tucker was Ararat’s leading goal kicker in season 2005. Tucker’s presence in the Rats forward line was one of the few positives in what was a tough year for the senior team. David Law joined the Ararat Rats as senior coach from the Victorian Amateur Football Association in 2005. Law put a high emphasis on giving the club�s junior talent a taste of senior football throughout the season.
ARARAT – In the lead up to the announcement of the Ararat Football Club’s Team of the Decade The Ararat Advertiser continues its look at the period between 2001-2010.
It was a tough first year for Ararat’s new senior coach David Law in 2005, after he joined the club following a stint coaching the strong St Bernard’s under-19 side in the Victorian Amateur Football Association.
Having had experience developing juniors during his coaching career, Law gave plenty of the Rats’ up and coming talent a taste of senior football in the Wimmera.
Ben Cashin, Shane Clarke, Mark Dadswell, Jake Harman and Matt Smith all made their debut during the season, while Alan Batchelor, Jarrod Searle and Tom Foster continued to make a name for themselves in the red and white.
Matt Jackson was one of the most experienced players in the team and was awarded the responsibility to captain the young Ararat outfit.
Despite a few close matches the Rats had to wait until round 12 for their first win of the season, where they upset top-five team Stawell by 23 points.
Ararat was on the end of some massive losses for much of the season and although it was able to upset the Warrack Eagles in the final round of the home and away season to claim a second victory for the year, the team was handed the unenviable title of wooden spooners.
Jackson was a blotter in the Rats’ senior best and fairest count, defeating runner-up Craig Cooper by 21 votes.
Richard Tucker topped the club’s goal-kicking tally with 28 goals from the 14 matches he played, which included a bag of eight against Minyip-Murtoa in round five.
There were some good signs for Law in the latter half of the season that suggested the Rats could be on the improve in 2006 with a big off season ahead.
The Ararat Football Club is holding a function at the Ararat Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, June 9 where it will announce the Team of the Decade. Tickets will need to be purchased prior to the night. For further information contact Murray Jensen on 0422 608 458.
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