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Peta Searle first female coach in the VFL
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Peta Searle first female coach in the VFL

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by: Daryl Timms From: Herald Sun November 29, 2011 12:00AM

MOTHER of two Peta Searle hopes to break new ground for women by becoming the first female coach in the VFL.

The 37-year-old, described as a legend in the Victorian Women's Football League, is in the running for an assistant coaching job at VFL premier Port Melbourne.

Port coach Gary Ayres, who also coached Geelong and Adelaide, said he would decide in the next couple of days whether he would appoint Searle to the club's defensive coaching role ahead of two male applicants.

"I just have to make up my mind over the next couple of days because we are getting most of our players back on deck as of Wednesday," Ayres said last night.

"She has been very successful in her own right and has done all the particular coaching courses and it's down to whether I think it's going to be the right fit for this particular group."