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Hawks announce VFL women's side

From the Hawthorn Football Club website
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Hill signs as coach of Women's VFL teamHawthorn's VFL affiliate, Box Hill, will have a women's team in 2017.
 

Hawthorn Football Club has announced an exciting step in their commitment to women’s football, announcing Box Hill Hawks will enter a team in the 2017 Swisse VFL Women’s competition.

The Box Hill Hawks VFL women’s team will provide a clear talent pathway for women in the eastern region and promote progression from junior through to elite level.

While the club made the considered decision not to lodge an application for an AFL Women’s team for 2017, Hawthorn Football Club CEO Stuart Fox said this was the next step in furthering the club’s current women’s strategy.

“This is an exciting announcement for the Hawthorn and Box Hill Football Clubs,” Fox said.

“Hawthorn is firmly committed to the development of women’s football, in particular ensuring an impact at grassroots level.

“Today’s announcement will allow female footballers in the eastern region a terrific pathway for their development and hopefully encourage females to play football from a junior age.

“We currently have affiliations with the Eastern Regions Youth Girls Academy, Prospect Hawks Youth Girls team in Tasmania and Big River Hawks women’s team in Katherine and the addition of a Box Hill Hawks VFL Women’s side will further our commitment to women’s football at grassroots and state level.

“It is an exciting time for our club and further extends our partnership with Box Hill Hawks.

“Our alignment with Box Hill has spanned over 16 years and it is fantastic that our relationship allows us the opportunity to have an immediate impact on women playing football at a grassroots level.”

Patrick Hill has been appointed the inaugural senior coach of the side and takes on the role after building an extensive coaching resume.


Whitehorse Colts players Ebony Nixon, Adriana Piva, and Bronte Bliston-Gourley pictured here with Chris Newman, Alastair Clarkson and Paddy Hill will attend the Talent ID Day at Waverley on 26 November.

Hill joined the Box Hill Hawks coaching staff in 2011 as an assistant coach of the premiership-winning development league team.

He was promoted to senior assistant of the senior team from 2012-2014, where he was a part two grand final appearances and one premiership.

Hill then took on the role of Senior Coach at Frankston Football Club where he has coached for the last two seasons.

The Hawks will host a Talent ID Day at Waverley Park on November 26 and Hill encouraged young women with a passion for football to register their interest.

Information regarding the Talent ID Day can be found here.

“This is a terrific opportunity for young women in the area to further their development and align themselves with a terrific club.

“I’m looking forward to assessing the talent and encourage all those interested to register by November 21.”

Box Hill has secured Rookie Me – the Official Talent ID Partner of the AFL – as the testing body for the Talent ID Day.

On behalf of Box Hill’s VFL Women’s Team, Rookie Me will gift every athlete participating in the trial day a free 12-month subscription to the Rookie Me online system.

Hawthorn becomes the second AFL club to announce an affiliate VFL Women’s side following Geelong’s announcement last month.

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs

 

From the Coburg official website Reprted by Adrian Dixon Full article - Click here pk-box-hill-coaching-v-blues Paul Kennedy brings a huge wealth of experience to the Lions for 2016. PHOTO: Jenny Owens Photography. With under a month to go until the beginning of preseason, we’re delighted to announce that 2005 Sandringham Premiership player and Frankston club stalwart Paul Kennedy will be a Senior Assistant coach of the club for 2017, and will also be our Head Development coach. Known as ‘PK,’ he comes after stints on the coaching panel at Frankston and the Box Hill Hawks, but is perhaps best known for his time as a Dolphins player, and it was the similarities between Coburg of today and Frankston in the mid-late 2000's that drew Kennedy to Piranha Park. "The way Coburg have gone about things the past three years, with really high expectations on themselves to improve and perform, reminds me of Frankston during the successful time we had under Brett Lovett," Kennedy said.

Coburg’s positive about future in the VFL

From the Moreland Leader
Reported by Chris Cavanagh,
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COBURG  has described Frankston’s demise as a “wake-up call” but says it has a long-term vision, which will ensure it remains viable well into the future.

The debt-ridden Dolphins had their VFL licence for 2017 revoked late last month after the stand-alone club was forced into the hands of ­administrators.

Robbie Fox is one of Coburg’s leading draft hopefuls. Picture: Carmelo Bazzano

Their departure means only four stand-alone sides will compete in the VFL next year — Coburg, Port Melbourne, Williamstown and North Ballarat — with the other 10 either aligned with or fully operated by AFL clubs.

Coburg general manager Craig Lees said the loss of Frankston was disappointing but the Lions were only getting stronger each year and were not going anywhere anytime soon.

“I guess it’s probably more a wake-up call for past players that love their footy club,” he said.

“If you don’t buy a membership or attend functions, you don’t know how long it’s going to be there for.

“You can only talk about how you govern your own footy club and we’ve got a really strong board and really strong sponsors so we’re really in a wonderful position.

“Our attendances have steadily climbed over the three years we’ve been stand-alone so as long as the team remains competitive and we keep producing draftees, we’ll be okay with the support of AFL Victoria.”

Lees said Coburg had established itself as a destination club since going stand-alone three years ago after Richmond broke away from the alignment to start its own VFL side.

“What we’ve done is just work within our means,” he said. “We haven’t been silly with player payments or any of that. We are here to provide that opportunity to TAC Cup players and we want to make sure we continue to build a really strong culture that develops young people.”

Coburg has had two major success stories since going alone, with Adam Saad drafted to Gold Coast Suns in 2014 and Michael Hartley finding his way to Essendon last year. There is interest in Lions Luke Ryan, Tom Goodwin and Robbie Fox heading into next month’s drafts.

 

“The mood of the meeting was reasonably positive. There was only one creditor against the proposal,” he said.

It’s understood Tabcorp — owed for poker machine licences — was the sole objector.

Dolphins great and steering committee member Peter Geddes said supporters were delighted they could now focus on regaining the club’s licence so it could re-enter the VFL in 2018.

Mr Geddes thanked Worrells and Frankston Council for their support in getting agreement on the deal from creditors.

From Bayside Leader and www.localfooty.com.au
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Lindsay Gilbee celebrates a goal for the Western Bulldogs.

RUMOUR turned to fact late this afternoon when Sandringham announced Lindsay Gilbee as its new senior coach.

The former Western Bulldogs star’s name had been linked with the position pretty much from the time Paul Hudson declared he would be standing down after two years and taking a break from coaching.

Gilbee is a development coach with the Sandy’s VFL affiliate St Kilda and has been with the club since the end of 2013.

In that time he has been a regular at Zebra matches.

“As a St Kilda development coach he has worked with our coaches and players over the past three years,’’ Sandringham general manager John Mennie said.

“Lindsay is respected by everyone at the Zebras and we look forward to him guiding the club to a very successful season.’’

Gilbee said he was looking forward to his first senior coaching position.

“I’m really excited for the opportunity to coach the Zebras and continue working with some of the young players in the Saints and Sandringham system,” he said.

Brilliantly skilled and one of the best kicks in the game, Gilbee made 206 appearances for the Western Bulldogs from 2001-2012.

 

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