In it for long Paul

April 10, 2018

Former Nagambie coach Paul Nichols will replace Mark Ryan as Shepparton Park’s head coach for the next two seasons.

Shepparton Park Bowling Club has named a new coach.

Paul Nichols will lead the Parkers into battle for at least the club’s next two Goulburn Valley Bowls Division campaigns after committing as head coach for two years.

Nichols, who is vacating the coaching role at Nagambie to join the Parkers, will also bring across son Daniel to help strengthen his new squad.

The Parkers have wasted little time in replacing former coach Mark Ryan and Nichols was hopeful his predecessor would remain an integral part of his new side’s division one outfit.

‘‘I don’t think I can do much better than what Mark has been doing,’’ Nichols said.

‘‘I think now with his young family and his work he feels he can’t commit to the coaching aspect as much as he needs to.

‘‘But if we can keep him around as a player, that will be great.’’

Nichols enjoys the coaching side of lawn bowls as much as anyone, and feels if he can improve every player at Shepparton Park by a small margin it will make a huge difference to overall results.

‘‘The whole idea is just to hone in on some of the specific skills of the game,’’ Nichols said.

‘‘Obviously the division one bowlers know what they’re doing, but even if I can teach them one thing then they will improve.

‘‘And then as you go down through division two, three, four and five bowlers I can try and teach them all a few more things and it will hopefully flow through the club.

‘‘It’s not about telling people what they’re doing wrong, but helping them do a few more things right.’’

At this stage Nichols is not planning on bringing any more Lakers up the Goulburn Valley Hwy to Shepparton, but he and Daniel will certainly work on some other bowlers across the region.

‘‘We’ve got our eye on a few like every club would at this time of the year,’’ Nichols said.

And while the Parkers have been one of the more dominant teams of the GVBD alongside Shepparton Golf in recent years, Nichols is still keen to lift his new side’s profile as a whole.

‘‘Shepparton Park is one of the biggest clubs in the Goulburn Valley, but when people talk about lawn bowls they talk about teams like Shepp Golf,’’ Nichols said.

‘‘So I want to put Shepparton Park back on the map.’’

Park has lost the past two division one weekend pennant grand finals to Golf.

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