Sport

Walkers the perfect fit for Tigers says Tedesco's old coach

RIGHT FIT: Ipswich coaches Shane and Ben Walker have been talked up as ideal men to replace Jason Taylor as Wests Tigers coaches.
RIGHT FIT: Ipswich coaches Shane and Ben Walker have been talked up as ideal men to replace Jason Taylor as Wests Tigers coaches. Rob Williams

THE SCHOOLBOY coach of James Tedesco and Mitchell Moses reckons Jets coaches Ben and Shane Walker would be the ideal men to get the best out of Wests Tigers stars .

Coach Jason Taylor has been sacked with Lee Addison insisting the Walker brothers would be the perfect fit for the Tigers.

Ivan Cleary or Todd Payten are favoured to get the gig but Addison, the head of the highly successful Ipswich High School rugby league program, said the Walkers would do the job well.

Addison coached Tedesco at St Gregory's College in Campbelltown when the school won the Metropolitan Catholic Schools title in 2010 and had Moses in rep sides.

"Somebody has got to take a punt on the Walker brothers," Addison said.

"I think they would bring something absolutely different that the opposition don't want to deal with.

"There is no doubt that when they coached the Jets to their maiden (Intrust Super Cup) premiership in 2015 that everyone else in the competition was uncomfortable playing against them.

"I think that is exactly what the NRL needs, a brand of football where somebody does something completely different.

"Moses was in one of my rep sides and he is a free flowing footballer who struggled a little bit with structure.

"Sometimes footballers play better when they don't have to think. They are geniuses in what they do, not what they think.

"David Beckham never thought about how he kicked a soccer ball when he curled a free kick in from 30m out.

"He taught his body how to do it, and that is what sporting genius is.

"I'm not saying there are sporting geniuses in the Wests Tigers team, but they were certainly touted as such when they were young and it needs coaches who allow that genius to flourish in my opinion."

Addison said the style of football encouraged by the Walkers would suit the Tigers' players.

"I'm a believer that you need to let some of these guys play rather than structuring them too much.

"As they go through the systems, and particularly in Sydney, they just get restricted and taught robotic ways.

"But everything about the Walkers suggests that they try and reverse that.

"Tedesco would enjoy that free flowing football that they bring."

The Walkers are contracted to the Jets until the end of the season but the club would not stand in their way if they got an NRL position.

Topics:  ben walker jason taylor shane walker wests tigers


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

The world is invited to Whitsunday SESsions

Gavin "Butto" Butlin, Ellie Hanlon, Rob Cole, Mark Connors, Troy Jones and Kieran McCarthy (back) and Courtney Anderson, Daniel Moss, Leigh Munro (front) are ready to rock for Whitsunday SESsions.

Whitsunday SESsions will be live streamed across the world.

Council counts the cost of Debbie

The Airlie Beach Lagoon was closed due to damage from Tropical Cyclone Debbie in March.

It's a high cost to get the lagoon back to its original state

A warm Whitsunday welcome to Today Show

HANDS UP: Today Show weather presenter Natalia Cooper with Airlie Beach locals at Abell Point Marina yesterday morning.

The Today Show was welcomed to the Whitsundays this morning

Local Partners

New design coming to Airlie Beach roundabout

WHEN the Airlie Beach main street roundabout was stripped of its starfish one year ago, the question arose of what would replace it.

Debbie's graveyard: Major auction to clear written-off cars

Auto Repair and Towing Service owner Shane Muntelwit at the salvage yard behind Mackay Airport, which has become a graveyard for about 150 vehicles destroyed or written off by Cyclone Debbie.

A salvage yard has become a makeshift graveyard

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

What public holidays are left in 2017

Ipswich residents will get the day off tomorrow for the show.

IPSWICH residents will get tomorrow off for the show

Rebel Wilson says she didn’t have to lie to make it

I’M not glamorous, but that doesn’t make me a liar: that’s the message from Rebel Wilson on her second day in the witness box.

All bets on Judah to win battle to become the Voice

Judah Kelly from The Voice.

Judah Kelly is the clear favourite to win the competition.

Pirates in Whitsundays

ON SET: Pitaes of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, filming on Whitehaven Beach in July 2015.

The fifth instalment hits cinemas on Thursday

Kim Kardashian slammed over Manchester tribute

Kim Kardashian's tribute to Manchester didn't go down well

Top Gun 2 movie is happening, Tom Cruise confirms

Tom Cruise in a scene from the movie Top Gun.

TOM Cruise delights fans with announcement on Sunrise.

The first Baywatch movie reviews are in

From left, Jon Bass, Alex Daddario, Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson, Kelly Rohrbach, and Ilfenesh Hadera in a scene from the movie Baywatch.

Critics were less than impressed.

A warm Whitsunday welcome to Today Show

HANDS UP: Today Show weather presenter Natalia Cooper with Airlie Beach locals at Abell Point Marina yesterday morning.

The Today Show was welcomed to the Whitsundays this morning

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!