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She’s learning from her legendary dad


A FAMILIAR name has taken over the coaching reins at the Darwin Buffettes after Melinda Taylor moved into the role this week.

The daughter of 11-time St Mary’s premiershi­p coach John Taylor replaces Chris Atkinson at the helm of last season’s Women’s Premier League runners-up.

Taylor is confident the 2021-22 Buffettes have the allround talent to challenge for another WPL flag.

“We’ve got the talent and a good young talent coming through as well, so there’s no reason why we can’t be there again this year,” she said.

“They are big steps with a long season ahead of us, but if we take each game as it comes and play to our full potential,

there’s no reason why we won’t be at the big dance.”

While full of praise for her father and his coaching record at Premier League level with the St Mary’s sides of the 1980s and ’90s, Taylor said her mum, Evaynne Harris, had been the driving force behind her coaching ambitions.

“Dad is very proud and I’ll probably have him on the phone telling me what I’m doing wrong before he tells me what I’m doing right,” she said. “But at the end of the day it’s all about making sure the group stays together while we’re taking another step forward.”

Club president Shaun Pearce said Taylor’s appointmen­t signed off on an important aspect of women’s football in the NT – female coaches.

“It’s really important AFL women’s football has taken the steps it has,’’ Pearce said.

“That is to get more women involved in the coaching ranks when you go to watch these teams on weekends and there are a whole host of men coaching.

“We’re confident in Mel’s ability being a life member as a player and for us her appointmen­t is the start of things to come.’’

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New Buffettes coach Melinda Taylor with Darwin president Shaun Pearce.

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