Don­nel­lan to coach Swans

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

SWAN Dis­tricts stal­wart and Fre­man­tle AFLW cap­tain Kara Don­nel­lan has been ap­pointed as the Swans’ women’s league coach af­ter a short stint in the role this sea­son.

The 26-year-old pre­mier­ship mid­fielder, who is also Swan Dis­tricts’ V Swans academy man­ager, coached the league side af­ter the de­par­ture of pre­mier­ship coach Ni­cole Graves.

Graves headed east to Carl­ton Football Club as the head of women’s football in July.

Don­nel­lan (26), who spoke to Com­mu­nity News ahead of last Wed­nes­day’s Fre­man­tle AFLW sea­son launch, said she was ex­cited for the chal­lenge ahead.

“It’s a great feel­ing to be able to give back to the football club that has given me so much over the last six years, both on and off the field,” she said.

“I am look­ing for­ward to hav­ing the group from the start and be­ing able to im­ple­ment a game plan from day 1 of pre-sea­son and grow on that through­out the sea­son.”

Don­nel­lan said she was look­ing for­ward to build­ing on re­la­tion­ships with her team­mates, learn­ing from coaches at the club and con­tin­u­ing to build a strong football com­mu­nity.

Her long-term goals in­cluded achiev­ing suc­cess, pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for play­ers and grow­ing a semi-pro­fes­sional pro­gram to bridge the gap be­tween state and AFLW lev­els.

“I want to help de­velop our play­ers so they suc­ceed at the cur­rent level and pro­vide them with the re­sources and knowl­edge that will en­able their ad­vance­ment so they can ex­cel at the next,” she said.

“I want to im­part what I have learnt over my last three years in an AFLW sys­tem and help bump up the stan­dards of our state league pro­grams.

“I have a game plan that will com­ple­ment the play­ers at the football club, is easy to un­der­stand and will be an ex­cit­ing brand of football to play and watch.

“As a player I play to win pre­mier­ships; as a coach that doesn’t change – I want to win pre­mier­ships and win games and con­tinue the rich his­tory of this club.”

She had not thought about play­ing in the WA Women’s Football League next sea­son.

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