Bewick joins Greenvale

Picture Damjan Janevski

Tara Murray

Two-time AFL premiership player Darren Bewick has been appointed Greenvale’s new senior football coach for next year’s Essendon District Football League premier division season.

Bewick, who played 238 games for the Essendon, brings extensive coaching experience having coached several teams since retiring.

He replaces Paul Chapman, who stood down in the middle of this year due to work and family commitments. The Jets finished fifth last year, before the 2020 season was called off due to COVID-19.

Since finishing his playing career after the 2000 AFL grand final, Bewick has coached successfully around the country.

He coached NAB League side Gippsland Power for two years, before spending several years as coach and football program head at the Northern Territory Institute of Sport.

Returning to Victoria, Bewick joined North Melbourne as a senior assistant coach in 2005, holding several different roles while at the club.

After finishing up at North Melbourne in 2009, Bewick returned to the NAB League and coached the Eastern Ranges from 2010 until this year.

The Ranges made the grand final three times in that time, winning the 2013 premiership.. Bewick was named TAC/NAB League coach of the year in 2013 and 2019.

He has seen several players that he has coached been drafted onto AFL lists.

In a post on its Facebook page, the club said “it believes that Darren has all the skills and experience to develop our younger players and make our senior team competitive with the best in the EDFL.”