Peter Banfield continues as Saints Senior Coach for 2017.
Peter came up through our Junior ranks, then played 17 Senior games in 1982 prior to joining Essendon in 1983 playing 11 Senior games from 1983 to 1986. From there Peter moved to Queensland, becoming an inaugural member of the Brisbane Bears Football Club where he played 45 Senior matches between 1987 and 1990. After Brisbane, Peter played a further four years with West Adelaide in the SANFL from 1990 to 1993, winning the Club’s Best & Fairest in 1991.
Like in his playing days, Peter found instant success as a coach, leading ACT club Ainslie to three successive premierships from 1994 to 1996. In 1995 Peter was chosen as State Representative Coach of Australian Capital Territory Football League. From 1997 to 2000, Banfield served as an assistant-coach with St Kilda, under Stan Alves and Tim Watson, before a move to Melbourne as an Assistant Coach from 2001-2002 under Neale Daniher.
The next five years saw Banfield coaching in the VFL, first from 2003-2004 with The Bendigo Bombers , making finals in 2004, as well as being the development coach at Essendon, and then from 2005-2007 with the Casey Scorpions Football Club taking them to finals in 2006 and 2007. In 2008 Peter made the move to Old Scotch in the VAFA’s Premier Division, where he coached for 4 years, taking the side to finals in 2008 & 2009.
Then in 2012 Peter took on the Senior Coaching job at EFL Division 1 club Blackburn, rebuilding a side that lost close to 30 players the year before, taking them to finals in 2014.
Besides the exceptional experience Peter brings to our club, taking all his sides to finals, Peter also brings his experience and knowledge of First Division Football in the EFL, and experience and great track record of working with and developing young men, a perfect fit for our young team at North Ringwood. The North Ringwood Football Club welcomes Peter and his family on board and looks forward to working with him as our club strives for Division 1 success.
Welcome back Pete.