- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 29 October 2013
Photo: Marcello Marchioli (left) and Jed Donoghue have teamed up at Tilford Zebras [PlessPix]
The three Ps will be Jed Donoghue’s emphasis as coach of Victory League club Tilford Zebras in 2014.
‘Possession, passing, pressure on the ball’ is the mantra that Donoghue, 55, will be insisting on in his first top-flight Victory League gig after 15 years in all at South Hobart.
Photo: The Zebras team at today's media conference are (L-R at back) technical director Dale Itchins and president Nick Di Giovanni, and (L-R at front) news signing from Kingborough Marcello Marchioli and senior coach Jed Donoghue [PlessPix]
“That’s what the focus will be for the first two months,” Donoghue said at a media conference at Football Federation Tasmania headquarters today.
“And the last month [of pre-season] we’ll be looking at performance.”
Donoghue’s name is synonymous with South Hobart, but he felt it was time to move on.
“I’ve been assistant senior coach at South Hobart for the past six years,” said Donoghue.
“The opportunity came up to coach at Zebras as a senor coach, so I applied.
“I think it’s an opportunity and a bit of a challenge.
“I think that they’ve got an exciting squad of players.”
Donoghue paid tribute to South Hobart and their coach, Ken Morton.
“You could say I learned everything at South Hobart in terms of coaching,” he said.
“After being very successful the last six years, playing the possession game, which is no turnovers in the game, keep the ball, pass the ball, move it quickly, good movement off the ball.
“That’s what we’ll be looking to do at the Zebras.
“[Ken Morton is] very generous with his time and knowledge.”
Photo: Jed Donoghue is branching out after six years as assistant coach at South Hobart [PlessPix]
Donoghue rates Tilford Zebras and their players.
“There’s plenty of goals in the team,” he said.
“They all like to get forward, they all like to score goals and there’s some very skilful players in the team, as well.
“I think we can build on that. We need to improve on the conversion of our chances.
“The team creates a lot of chances in front of goal so we have to work on finishing.”
Donoghue spoke glowingly of Zebras’ new signing, Kingborough Lions United captain, Marcello Marchioli.
“He’s a very exciting player,” Donoghue said. “He’s very dynamic off the ball, he’s got a good shot, dangerous around the box and I think it’s very good news for the squad.
“I’m looking forward to working with him.”
Marchioli, 24, began his career with Kingborough at under-7 level.
He said he was very excited to be joining Zebras as his father had played for the club.
“I guess, having played at a club like Kingborough for a long time, as a player I guess you can become a little bit stale, I guess, and lack that motivation to play season after season,” Marchioli said.
“I think it was a good time to change for me, personally, and, hopefully, a new club, a new environment and team-mates can provide me with a good environment to become a better player and be involved in a team that can be successful.”
Photo: Marcello Marchioli was known as 'The Mayor of Kingborough' during his captaincy of the Lions. He now lives in the Glenorchy City Council region but is employed as a personal trainer by the Hobart City Council. [PlessPix]
Marchioli captained the lions for five seasons and the responsibility weighed heavily on him and he felt there was nowhere for him to go anymore in that team.
“I really wanted a change and Zebras presented me with the opportunity,” he added.
“I’m just happy to be a player at Zebras and that’ll give me a chance to focus on my own game and then contribute to the team as best I can and just play the role I’m given there.
“I just want them to help them to be successful as a team and as a club.
“They’ve been a great side for many years and they’re obviously a great club as well, so they deserve a bit of success and, hopefully, I can help.”
Marchioli said it was hard to leave Kingborough as he had many fond memories of his time at the club, including memories of games and the friendships he had at the club.
“I’m very thankful of the time many coaches have given me,” he said.
“It was a tough decision to leave and it’s not one that was just a quick decision.
“It was thought over between the last six and twelve months, to be honest.
“It feels good to come to an Italian-backed club [because of my Italian heritage] and it’s a club my father played for back in his playing days, so it’s quite nice to have that little connection.”
Marchioli said there could be some personal rivalry when Zebras meet Kingborough in the future and that he was looking forward to having fun in that regard.