Macquarie Scorpions coach Adam Bettridge to step down at end of 2019 Newcastle Rugby League season

MAIN MAN: Macquarie coach Adam Bettridge relays instructions to his sideline staff during the Scorpions' recent win over Kurri Kurri at Lyall Peacock Field. Picture: David Stewart.
MAIN MAN: Macquarie coach Adam Bettridge relays instructions to his sideline staff during the Scorpions' recent win over Kurri Kurri at Lyall Peacock Field. Picture: David Stewart.

HE coached them to consecutive grand-final appearances, including an upset premiership win over Wests in 2017, but Adam Bettridge's time at Macquarie Scorpions will end this season.

The Toronto-based rugby league club announced on Monday that Bettridge's assistant, Steve Kidd, had been appointed first grade coach for 2020 and 2021.

But two lean seasons for the Scorpions prompted a rethink.

"Both 2018 and 2019 have been disappointing years for the Scorpions as far as the first grade side is concerned," Macquarie's football secretary Steve Woodbridge said.

"Under Adam as head coach the club achieved great success and managed to win only their second first grade premiership in 60 years and also played in two other first grade grand finals, the first as assistant coach (to Barrie Moore) and we cannot thank Adam enough for his efforts.

"We won the reserve grade grand final last season under Steve Kidd so when Adam decided early on in 2019 that it would be his last with the club it was a straightforward decision to appoint Steve as head coach as he has been Adam's assistant in 2019."

The Scorpions are equal last on the ladder, but are still an outside chance of making the semi-finals.

Bettridge has vowed to finish strongly.

"Thanks for the memories," Bettridge posted on social media on Monday.

"It was great fun representing the Toronto community and I will continue to give it my all until the end.

"All the best to Kiddy for next year."

Macquarie will host Lakes United this Sunday.

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