Coorparoo Women ready to fire in 2017

Coorparoo AFC Women’s have begun preparing for the 2017 QWAFL season after confirming the side’s coaching structure.

The club have appointed a number of people to act as part of a vital support structure for the Women’s side. Former Colts Coach and club stalwart Michael Hewitt has appointed as Senior Coach, and will be supported by senior player Ben Gibson and state representative Sally Young. James McCorley has also been appointed as Conditioning Coach, with Daniel Selby moving to I.Q coach to further help players to understand systems and styles of the game in a more theory based environment.

Incumbent coach Michael Hewitt says 2017 will provide not only a terrific opportunity for Women’s football at Coorparoo, but Women’s football in general “Coorparoo AFC has a great club culture built on inclusion and involvement and is a richly successful club,” Hewitt said.

“It’s a great time to be getting around Women’s footy. The new AFL Women’s League will provide great exposure and the benefits will flow down to the lower ranks, such as Coorparoo as a feeder club to the AFL.”

Women’s Football is going from strength to strength in Queensland. Following a meetings between key Coorparoo stakeholders and newly appointed Brisbane Lions Women’s Coach Craig Starcevich, it was identified the opportunity to better support Women’s structures in Queensland versus other state competitions.

Club President Sam Haddad says the club have implemented improved structures as they continue striving to be a continued part of the evolution of Women’s Football in Queensland.

“We weren’t interested in being the third best structure in Australia, we wanted to be the best,” Haddad said.

“Therefore, we have taken these decision to invest people in the area of coaches and support staff.”

The Lady Roos won three consecutive premierships between 2013 and 2015 and following a disappointing 2016 season where the side missed the finals, they will be looking to bounce back in 2017.

“For the club, we had a tough season this year and we’re really hoping to boost the numbers through schools and other sports,” Hewitt said.

Summer Trainings starts November 8. Coorparoo Women’s co-ordinator, Sarah Gosper, can provide further details for the 2017 season and is contactable on 0403 542892.

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