Li­ons un­veil coach­ing team

Alpine Observer - - Sport -

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.

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