In a massive boost for local women’s football, Carisbrook announced on Wednesday that outsider joint coaches will be taking on the club’s senior side for season 2019.
In recent years, the senior coaching role has fallen into the hands of the side’s more experienced players, with supports helping out on game day.
This system has proven successful in the past, with the side claiming back-to-back premiership success in 2016 and 2017.
But as the AFL Goldfields League’s other clubs stepped up over the years, the Redbacks have struggled to maintain their hold over the competition.
The introduction of Graham Pratt, Ian James and Matthew Johns as joint coaches for the senior outfit was welcomed earlier this week and both Pratt and James have stated that their main objective is to “strip it right back to basics”.
Pratt has a wealth of coaching experience, starting at age 20 and having coached throughout three states and even at a development level for potential AFL men’s draftees and admits although he thought his coaching days were over, he’s keen to have a good year among the girls.
“I’ve been coaching for a very long time, but this is my first time coaching women so I guess we’re all learning here,” he said.
“Our objective will be that all these women and girls will be better players at the end of the season than they were when they started.
“If we can have a bit of fun along the way and win a few games while we’re at it then that’ll be terrific.
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