Lions unveil coaching team
By STRUAN JONES
THE Alpine Lions Football Club has announced its new coaching team for the 2019 season, promoting four young women into leadership roles.
The women’s football team based in Whorouly have selected Gabrielle Beidenweg-Webster, Amie Antonello, Hannah Fitzgerald, and Ally Williams to have the opportunity to be mentored as coaches and become role models for the sport in the Alpine region.
Bright local Ally Williams, 18, won the club’s 2018 best and fairest award in her first season playing AFL, and has been selected to be the youth academy coach, mentoring 12-15 year old players, and will assist with sessions in schools in the Alpine area.
Williams has also been accepted to study at the Richmond Institute of Sports Leadership in 2019, and will return home to play for the Alpine Lions and develop her coaching skills on weekends and in study breaks.
“I played netball until last year, and I just love the community side of playing footy, it’s such a family oriented club and I’ve met so many great people,” Williams said.
Gabrielle Beidenweg-Webster, 20, is a Collingwood VFLW player and will come to the club in her university breaks as a development coach, imparting knowledge from her VFL program to the Alpine Lions.
Amie Antonello, 19, from Myrtleford, is studying a Bachelor of Outdoor Education at Charles Sturt University, and will develop cross training and team building programs across the women’s and junior teams.
Moving into a role of playing assistant coach, Hannah Fitzgerald, 18, from Everton, has been the Alpine Lions Captain for several years, and is currently in pre-entry for the Victorian Police Force.
“We’ve got a really good structure now, and I’m excited about how enthusiastic the girls are to learn about coaching.” Craig Dent, the club’s coaching director, said.
According to Dent, all the women come with outstanding skills to contribute to the development of the club and the sport.
“We’re focusing on building the skill sets and behaviour standards in the players at the club, and there are about 10 really talented under-16s players coming through,” Dent said.
The women’s open team finished fifth on the ladder for the 2018 season, with three wins, while the youth girls team finished second with nine wins.