Bound for Blues

Kalamunda Reporter - - News - Kristie Lim

Swan­nies coach Ni­cole Graves is head­ing to the Blues to over­see the club’s women’s foot­ball pro­gram.

FROM black and white to navy blue, out­go­ing Swan Dis­tricts women’s coach Ni­cole Graves has left her 12-year legacy of de­vel­op­ing young foot­ballers at Bassendean Oval for Carl­ton Foot­ball Club.

The Guild­ford res­i­dent will be re­turn­ing home to Vic­to­ria af­ter serv­ing as a coach and V Swans academy man­ager and help­ing the club win sev­eral pre­mier­ships, in­clud­ing a tre­ble across se­niors, re­serves and youth girls in 2017.

Dur­ing her ca­reer, Graves has also led the women’s AFL In­ter­na­tional Rules team and coached the Western Bull­dogs in an AFL women’s ex­hi­bi­tion match.

Graves, also a Carl­ton sup­porter, will be over­see­ing the women’s foot­ball pro­gram, along­side AFL women’s coach Daniel Har­ford and AFL head of foot­ball Andrew McKay, as well as work­ing in the mul­ti­cul­tural ar­eas of Melbourne’s north­ern cor­ri­dor.

She coached her last game for Swans on Satur­day against Perth An­gels, with former premier­ship cap­tain Kara Don­nel­lan tak­ing over for the remainder of the WA Women’s Foot­ball League sea­son along with her role as V Swans man­ager.

Graves said she would miss the friend­ships and the re­la­tion­ship with par­ents.

Graves said it would be an in­ter­est­ing tran­si­tion from Swans to the Blues.

“Melbourne has changed a lot in over a decade as well,” she said.

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Ni­cole Graves.

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