Hock­ey­roo Blyth to coach Hale’s elite women’s side

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Inside & Outside Your Home -

DOUBLEVIEW-based Hale Hockey Club has an­nounced the ap­point­ment of Hock­ey­roo and for­mer Aus­tralian captain Madonna Blyth as player-coach of its elite women’s pro­gram.

Re­spected by team­mates and op­po­nents for her tac­ti­cal aware­ness, on-ball tal­ent, abil­ity to read the game and dom­i­na­tion of op­po­nents, Blythe re­turns to the club where she played when first drafted through the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Sport sys­tem in 2004.

She will lead the club’s women’s team, which has won pro­mo­tion to the State League for the 2017 sea­son.

With a thriv­ing ju­nior pro­gram and a host of young tal­ented play­ers, Blythe will lead and shape a new gen­er­a­tion of elite women’s hockey at Hale Hockey Club, ably as­sisted in the coach­ing ranks by for­mer team­mate and 200-game Hock­ey­roo Ni­cole Ar­rold.

Club pres­i­dent Kane Green­away said he was thrilled to have Blythe back at the club.

“We’re thrilled to get Madonna back to the Hale Hockey Club,” he said.

“This is a mile­stone day for the club. Madonna came here as a young and tal­ented teenager and won many ad­mir­ers for the way she played the game.

“We’ve watched in awe as her ca­reer de­vel­oped and to have the op­por­tu­nity to get her to come back here at such a piv­otal time in our club’s devel­op­ment is per­fect.

“We want her to cre­ate a legacy of suc­cess that will sur­vive for the club to com­pete for pre­mier­ships for gen­er­a­tions to come.

“At an elite level in our men’s and women’s pro­gram, we are now pro­vid­ing the best club coach­ing in Perth. Put that along­side our fa­cil­i­ties and so­cial set-up (and) we’re the per­fect club for hockey play­ers of any level or age.”

Hale Hockey Club has built up a large ar­ray of for­mer in­ter­na­tional play­ers and cur­rent in­ter­na­tional coaches in its elite coach­ing ranks, in­clud­ing cur­rent Kook­aburra as­sis­tant coach David Guest, and has a Ju­nior Academy in which young play­ers are coached by a group of ex­pe­ri­enced cur­rent in­ter­na­tion­als.

Pic­ture: Car­men Sherry

Clare­mont-Nedlands bowler Tim Mac­don­ald in ac­tion against Wan­neroo.

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