Coaches for the NRL Rookie
Brad Fittler “Freddy”
Brad Fittler boasts a stellar rugby league career with a staggering 409 club and representative matches to his name.
Fittler, whilst still attending high school in Sydney's West, began his first grade rugby league career in 1989 at the Penrith Panthers. The following year he made his first appearance for the New South Wales Blues and his debut for the Kangaroos.
Fittler played 119 matches for the Panthers before moving to the Sydney Roosters in 1996 where he remained until 2004. Fittler captained the Roosters to their first grand final appearance in 20 seasons in 2000, a premiership in 2002 and consecutive grand final appearances in 2003 and 2004 before he retired at the end of 2004.
During his career, Fittler captained the Kangaroos between 1995 and 2001 and was at the helm of the New South Wales Blues for 17 State of Origin matches between 1994 and 2001. Brad Fittler is still the most capped New South Wales player with 31 appearances for the Blues.
He received the Rugby League World Gold Boot Award in 2000.
Fittler took over the coaching role at the Sydney Roosters in July 2007, after coach Chris Anderson quit the club. He stayed at the club as head coach for the following next two seasons.
In 2010, Brad Fittler joined Channel Nine's Wide World of Sports rugby league team as an expert panellist. He can be seen during the network's rugby league match coverage and as a regular on The Footy Show and the Sunday Footy Show.
Erin Molan is a sports reporter and presenter for the Nine Network Australia. She is co-host of the hugely popular and Logie-award winning NRL Footy Show - the first full-time female panellist and co-host in the show's history. Erin also works for Channel 9 News and The Sunday NRL Footy Show.
Her focus in journalism has always been sport and she has covered this for over 10 years as a television, radio and print reporter. Molan joined The Footy Show full time in 2012 as host of Late Mail before becoming a full time panellist in 2014. She is a regular on Sydney and Brisbane radio. Molan also writes weekly columns for the NRL Official Website and for the Western Weekender Newspaper.
Her special rugby league feature stories, including a special on the story of SGT Matt Locke, who was killed in Afghanistan and an exclusive interview with Tim, Danny and Jamie Mannah on the last days of their brother Jon before he died of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, have become a favourite part of the show.
These days Molan, a passionate Raiders fan who hails from Canberra, calls Sydney home, and she will travel just about anywhere to watch and be part of a good sporting contest.
Adrian Lam “Lammy”
Adrian Lam or Lammy (44), is a Papua New Guinean superstar of Rugby League. Moving out to Brisbane at a young age, he made his debut for Easts in 1994. Going onto play 146 games for the Roosters. He then moved over to England to star for the Wigan Warriors for a further 119 games.
At representative level his heroics on the field stepped up a further notch, having 14 caps for Queensland which included a phenomenal debut series in 1995 with Lammy being one of the stars as Queensland upset NSW 3-0. He joined a list of absolute greats when he was rewarded with the captaincy of Queensland in his final Origin series in 2000.
He also lead his native PNG to the 1995 and 2000 World Cups as skipper, being so good in 1995, they named him in the team of the tournament. He’s now gone on to have an impressive coaching career in his own right taking PNG to the 2008 and 2013 World Cups. A rugby league great who has done nothing but wonders for the game in Australia and especially in his native Papua New Guinea.
Mark Geyer “MG”
Mark Geyer or MG (47), is one of the colourful characters of Rugby League, who has had a varied career where he has done it all. From 1987- 2000, he played 180 games across three clubs. The Penrith Panthers, Balmain Tigers and the short lived Perth club, the Western Reds. Geyer won the 1991 premiership with the Panthers.
He represented NSW three times between 1989 and 1991. He became etched in Origin folk law with his famed stare-off against Queensland legend Wally Lewis in 1991. He also had a short lived International career with three Kangaroos games between 1990 and 1991.
Since his playing career has ended, he’s become a funnyman on Sydney radio and is a regular on multiple TV shows. He is heavily involved in a number of charities and famously organised the rugby league legends game in 2011 to raise money for the victims of the Queensland floods. All of this community work combined with his playing career and being a proud father-of-5 saw him being awarded an Order of Australia in 2013.
Dr. Kate Baecher
Dr. Kate Baecher is an extremely accomplished psychologist. She is assured, insightful, resourceful and is accustomed to helping individuals and teams find answers in tough circumstances.
As a psychologist, coach and trainer, Kate worked with the Australian Defence Force for 9 years (2003-2012) before turning her focus to corporates and elite sporting teams.
She has recently worked with the Manly Sea Eagles to develop greater team cohesion and enhanced performance and she has just completed a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, exploring the impact of physical injury on mental health disorders.
Every aspect of a players game is affected by their mental attitude so it is Kate's role to assess and develop the optimal state of mind for each of the Rookies as potential elite performers.
To find out more about Kate visit www.drkatebaecher.com