The CBR Brave have announced the signing of Rob Starke to the position of head coach. Starke replaces Josh Unice who left the club in mid-August last year. Starke formally played for the Newcastle North Stars before retiring at the end of the 2015 season. He has also represented Australia on three occassions and was head coach of the Australian under-18 team in 2007.
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– North Stars defenceman Robert Starke has announced his retirement from the AIHL. Starke played in 281 games for the North Stars from 2004 to 2015 and represented Australia on three occassions from 2008 to 2010. For more information see the announcement from the club.
The Newcastle North Stars have also announced the winners of their 2014 Team Awards. John Kennedy won the Most Valuable Player award, Robert Starke was named the teams best forward, Ray Sheffield the most dedicated player and Matt Wetini was named the most improved player and won the Tony Huntly Award for Best Aussie Player, while assistant coach Joey Theriault won the Coaches’ Award.
The Newcastle North Stars have announced their team leaders for the 2014 AIHL season. Garry Doré continues in his position as head coach and general manager. Ray Sheffield will serve as captain for the season, while Robert Starke and John Kennedy are named as the clubs two alternate captains.