Alicia Cassidy and Alisha Chadwick to take on MFNC coaching roles in 2020

The Maryborough Football Netball Club has locked in Alisha Chadwick and Alicia Cassidy as their first two netball coaching staff members for season 2020. Cassidy will take on the most senior role with A grade netball while Chadwick will head the 17 and under grade.

Maryborough’s most dynamic netball duo are taking on two of the club’s most prized coaching positions for season 2020.

Alicia Cassidy has signed on as A grade coach for next season while Alisha Chadwick will take over the 17 and unders.

Both Chadwick and Cassidy made Bendigo Football Netball League (BFNL) history, becoming the first players to ever reach 350 A grade games within the league, making them ideal candidates for the roles.

Chadwick set the precedent in 2017 when she was pulled out of retirement to play defence for Maryborough, reaching the 350- game milestone and making league history.

Cassidy reached the very same milestone just last year with 350 games and counting.

Chadwick and Cassidy both played in the club’s only A grade grand final appearance in 2001 and were both recently named in the BFNL’s team of the decade.

In the past, the duo have also taken on A grade coaching for Maryborough in partnership, but this will be Cassidy’s first solo venture and one she said, that she’s excited for.

“I’ve coached a lot at junior level and it’s going to be great to take on a bigger role with the seniors to give something back to the club. You pick up a lot of knowledge over the years,” she said.

Cassidy has played in the club’s A grade side for more than two decades, including this year under outgoing coach Deb Symes, making her a massive source of knowledge on the BFNL’s A grade competition.

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