Ap­pli­ca­tions sought for coach­ing role

Broome Advertiser - - Sport - Mitchell Wood­cock

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.

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