Eaglehawk looks to add senior women’s football team; Hawks advertise for coach

EAGLEHAWK is set to have a senior women’s football team for the first time in 2019 and has started advertising for a coach.

The Hawks, who already field under-18 and under-15 teams in the Bendigo Junior Football League, are committed to joining the Central Victoria Football League Women's competition.

The move has won the immediate backing of AFL Central Victoria.

Eaglehawk started advertising for a senior coach last week and, according to club president Peter Ritchie, has already received four applicants.

Priorities for the new coach will include recruitment, fitness, skills development, and teaching team structures and strategies.

Ritchie said with the Hawks having two existing junior teams, fielding a senior team was a logical next step.

He was confident the club would find the necessary player numbers for a smooth transition into the competition.

“We haven’t really sourced players as yet, but we have a couple of Eaglehawk girls playing with the (Bendigo) Thunder, hopefully we could get them back,” he said.

“There will also be a few girls who come out of the under-18s next year and a couple of other girls around the club who have pricked their ears up.

“More senior teams coming on board is something that is going to happen and there’s plenty of interest, so we’ve put it out there that we are looking for coaches.

“I’m sure it won’t be long before we sit down with a few applicants and have some interviews.”

The CVFL women’s competition currently has five clubs, including Bendigo Thunder, Kangaroo Flat, Kyneton, North Bendigo and Strathfieldsaye.

The Hawks under-15 girls team sits fourth after 10 rounds and is on track to play finals with a 5-4 record.

Applications for the senior women’s coaching job close on July 22.

For inquiries and applications, email eaglehawkfnc@hotmail.com

Job description

Eaglehawk Football Netball Club is seeking an enthusiastic and experienced coach to lead our inaugural Senior Women’s AFL team.​

Eaglehawk Football Netball Club, established in 1880, currently has two senior men’s and an Under18’s footy team, as well as four senior women’s and four junior netball teams. It has a playing membership of around 130 people of various levels of ability and ages, backed by the largest supporter base in Central Victoria.​

The successful applicant will be helping to establish the clubs first Senior Women’s Australian Rules Football team. They will work with our established committee in bringing together a team of women to compete in the Central Victoria’s Senior Women’s Football Competition, Season 2019. Their responsibilities will include recruitment, fitness and skills development, and teaching team structures and strategies.​

You must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and be highly organized. You must be self-motivating, enthusiastic, reliable and enjoy working on your own, as well as in a team.

AFL Coaching accreditation or a willingness to gain accreditation is essential and past coaching experience would be an advantage. A current WWC check will be required.​

If you love teaching new skills, being around enthusiastic athletes and making a difference in your community, apply for the position at our club today.​

Forward all applications to Eaglehawk Football Netball Club, eaglehawkfnc@hotmail.com. Applications close 22nd of July, 2019.