Bound for Blues
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.