North Bendigo's new head coaching duo for the 2020 CVFLW season bring a dual perspective to the game.
Bulldogs' premiership player Storm Giri and seasoned footballer Ricky Crotty have experience at different ends of the field, which they will use to the team's advantage.
"I've got experience in the mid-field and in the forward line, while Ricky has been a back line player," Giri said.
"We have both areas of the ground covered, there will be a lot of things he will pick up defence wise that I won't see, while there will be things in the mid and forward that I will pick up."
After a premiership achievement this year with the North Bendigo senior squad, Giri endeavours to filter the success into his first proper coaching role.
The 2020 season might be the pair's first year as coaches, but they both have experience with the team behind the scenes.
Crotty said the duo jumped at the opportunity to take over from outgoing coach Alana Long.
"Storm and I were both here every week and we really feel like this team is going places," Crotty said.
"Once the opportunity came up, we expressed our interest and here we are now."
Crotty agreed that having different perspectives of the game was the pair's strength.
"We're going to see things on the field differently to each other," he said.
"With our knowledge we will have a good idea of how we want things played on the field."
Giri said Long had undertaken a "fantastic job" to start the team from scratch.
"It's one of the hardest possible gigs you can have and to get the girls to two semi-finals in recent years is a real credit to her coaching," he said.
"We're going to lift off from where she stopped, continue to build on it and take the team to its first grand final."
Long said it was a difficult decision to hang up her boots after three years as a coach and player.
"It has been great to be involved with the club, especially starting up the team," Long said,.
"It was a bit hard and rocky at the start, but so rewarding in the end."
The main reason she chose to pass along the reigns to Giri and Crotty is so that she can travel the world.
"It's been a big commitment and part of my life and to not have it will be quite strange, but I have put off travelling for a couple years because of university and work commitments," Long said.
With her travel plans not yet set in stone, Long - who is an avid sportswoman - still hasn't written off the chance of playing for the team.
"I will still do the pre-season and play as many games as I can before I go and I may even be back for the end of the season."
With the season still several months away, success on the field isn't the new coaches' only goal.
Developing an even greater relationship between the men's and women's teams at the club is the plan.
"The atmosphere among the teams is vital. We want to enhance the relationship," Crotty said.
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