Why the Devils girls coach can’t wait to get started

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT - JAMES BRESNEHAN

THE Tas­ma­nia Devils’ in­au­gu­ral NAB League girls coach Emma Humphries can­not wait to get her hands on the squad of 45 to gauge their fit­ness and en­durance at a test day at the TIS in Launce­s­ton on Novem­ber 24.

An­nounced yes­ter­day as the Devils’ match-day coach as part of a six-mem­ber coach­ing panel, Humphries said she was ea­ger to get started in the role.

The 24-year-old Kan­ga­roos AFLW player will split her time be­tween league games and coach­ing the state’s elite un­der-18 girls.

“The test day will give us a guide­line to see where the girls are at,” Humphries said.

“It will be like the tests at the Draft Com­bine, and we will be able to make sure they are up to scratch and if they are not we’ll put in place some pro­grams for them.”

Humphries will be sup­ported by coach­ing team fa­cil­i­ta­tor Mick Arnold, line coaches Jodie Clifford and Deb Reynolds, and men­tor coaches Jim Ran­som and Jamieson Smal­ley, with Smal­ley ap­pointed the Tas­ma­ni­an­based as­sis­tant coach for the North Mel­bourne Tas­ma­nian Kan­ga­roos AFLW team.

“It’s our first year so we’re start­ing from scratch and we don’t know what to ex­pect from the girls but I think they will go al­right,” Humphries said.

“We’ve got a good plan and a solid coach­ing struc­ture, so the girls will be in good shape go­ing into the sea­son and hope­fully we can have some good suc­cess.”

Humphries said par­tic­i­pa­tion of girls in footy in Tas­ma­nia had ex­ploded. “It has grown mas­sively over the past few years _ I didn’t think we’d have 45 in the squad, I thought it would be more like 35 to start with,” she said.

“It’s go­ing to be good work­ing with a larger num­ber and it will be good for the de­vel­op­ment of the girls too.

“We’ll meet every Sun­day at Camp­bell Town for train­ing. Our first run will be on De­cem­ber 1.”

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