Applications sought for coaching role
The WA Country Football League is on the hunt for a new coach to take the reins of the pride of regional WA.
A team of 22 players suit up for the WA Country football team each year to take on South Australia in an exhibition match, which represents the 25 leagues across the State.
Craig Walker, who has coached for the past four years for just the one win, is a strong contender to continue in the role, with protocol seeing the job opened and advertised every two years.
WACFL operations manager Brent Sheridan said with the potential of a game at Optus Stadium next year, there were some exciting times ahead of the playing group.
“We are excited about where the program will continue to go as long as we have the support from the playing group,” he said.
Sheridan said Walker had done a great job in the past few years to bring the WA team into contention.
“If he applies, he will be considered,” he said.
“If you look at our performances under Craig, we have improved considerably.
“Usually with this job, there is plenty of interest.”
Sheridan said the job was not like an ordinary country football coaching position.
“A large part of it involves the selections,” he said.
“There are 25 leagues in the State, so it is hard to pick the best 22.
“It (the job) involves a lot of talking to stakeholders and coaches, as well as travel to watch these players in their own environment.
“The difference from other coaches is that you do not have a lot of contact hours with these players. Our program is limited to a couple of trial matches before the one-off game.”
WA Country suffered a tight five-point loss to South Australia at the famed Adelaide Oval this year, just 12 months after a 40point win.
Despite the loss, Sheridan said he felt the WA Country Football program was in a strong position.
“We feel we have gauged a lot of interest from players,” he said.
“It is about providing an opportunity to play on one of the best grounds in Australia in Adelaide Oval, and now potentially Optus Stadium.”
Applications for the job close on November 2.
WA Country Football League coach Craig Walker, far right, with young West Australian talent.