O’Loughlin, Siekman to lead Youth Girls charge

AFL Victoria has finalised its coaching and management team for the 2014 AFL National Youth Girls Championships.
AFL Victoria has finalised its coaching and management team for the 2014 AFL National Youth Girls Championships.

Victoria will again boast two representative sides at the Championships in Canberra from May 4-10, with Shaun O’Loughlin (main picture above)again heading up Victoria Country’s charge and Wayne Siekman (inset) stepping up to lead Victoria Metro’s title defence.

O’Loughlin, who took charge of the inaugural Vic Country team in 2013 has an unchanged line up of assistant coaches in Julie McNamara, Jeff Whittaker and Alexandra Saundry supporting him.

O’Loughlin, an assistant coach with the North Ballarat Rebels U18 boys team and the 2013 Head Coach of their respective Under 16 team, leads a team desperate to improve on last year’s fourth place finish.

In 2014, McNamara and Whittaker are also sharing the coaching responsibilities of the North Ballarat Rebels Youth Girls State Academy.

Both are also leading their respective representative teams in this year’s Subway Shield (formerly VLine Cup) and bring tremendous knowledge and experience coaching across both genders.

Saundry, a former Victorian U18 Vice Captain, continues to hone her coaching and leadership capabilities through the AFL’s National Female Academy, Calder Cannons’ boys development program.

Victoria Metro on the other hand will have a new look coaching staff with Siekman appointed to fill the shoes of 2013 National Championship winning coach Paul Groves.

With Groves stepping down to take on a new coaching role within the TAC Cup, an opportunity was provided to continue AFL Victoria’s ongoing investment into emerging coaches via the female high performance pathway.

Siekman, an assistant with the Victoria Metro team last year, has accepted the responsibility of Head Coach responsible for defending Victoria Metro’s title at this year’s Championships.

The Dandenong Stingrays assistant is currently in his fifth year in the TAC Cup system.

Former Victorian U18 Captain and current Calder Cannons U18 boys Development Assistant Coach, Alicia Eva has been elevated to the senior assistant role as she enters her fifth year as an assistant with the team.

Longwarry senior men’s Assistant Coach Scott Gowans has also joined the Vic Metro coaching team.

Inspired by a desire to work in development and by having two step-daughters playing Youth Girls football, the highly experienced Gowans will be a highly valued asset.

Sandringham Dragons U18 boys Development Assistant Coach Jackson Kornberg rounds out the Metro coaching team.

Touted as an emerging coaching talent within the TAC Cup ranks, Kornberg is also serving as an Assistant Coach at the Sandringham Dragons Youth Girls State Academy and will share the coaching duties with the inaugural SMJFL U16 Youth Girls Interleague team.

AFL Victoria congratulates all coaches and staff on their appointments and thanks them for their contributions to the advancement and development of both the players and the female football pathway.

  Victoria Country Victoria Metro
Head Coach Shaun O’Loughlin Wayne Siekman
Assistant Coaches Julie McNamara

Jeff Whittaker

Alexandra Saundry

Alicia Eva (Senior)

Damien Keeping

Jackson Kornberg

Strength & Conditioning Coach Prue Harvey Natalie Grindal
Team Manager Tim Shearer Gemma Hocart
Development Coach & Runner Vanessa Lewicki Chloe McMillan
Physiotherapist Kim Keedle Kim Keedle
Trainer Georgia Dickinson Jennifer Plumb
Psychologist Kessia Ianzano Katherine Poulton

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