It is with mixed emotions that we announce that Michael Barlow has accepted an offer to become the senior coach of the Yarraville Seddon Football Club in the WRFL and will be leaving Avalon Airport Oval.
Mick is a popular figure around the club and had made a significant impact on and off the field in his two stints with Werribee.
Mick has been very committed to his role as a Community Officer particularly in recent months as the host and instructor in a number of videos produced by the club to encourage community participation in a range of physical activities.
As a player he won the club Best and Fairest trophy and then was drafted to the AFL and had an outstanding career with Fremantle and Gold Coast before rejoining Werribee for the 2019 season.
Mick took on a pivotal role as a playing assistant coach under Mark Williams. His keenness to learn from an AFL premiership coach and pass on that knowledge - both on and off the field - clearly made him a prime target for a senior coaching position of his own. Yarraville is the lucky club to be the recipient of Mick’s vast football and life experiences.
Werribee senior coach Mark Williams summed up his thoughts:
“Mick is a man with a heart of gold, a wonderful teammate, leader and friend to us all. As a young coach Mick brought great insight into the modern game and was always ready to have fun and a laugh with the entire playing group and staff. Yarraville Football Club is very lucky to get such a special player, coach and bloke. Just a pity about his fashion sense.”
Everyone at the club wishes Mick well and looks forward to welcoming him back to past players days and events. Michael Barlow will always be a revered and respected member of the Werribee Football Club.