SWAN'S VICTORY: The Lismore Swans beat Ballina Bombers in a decisive victory for the 2017 inaugural AFL grand final. Now with a new coach appointed the Swans are looking to recruit more women for the 2021 season. Photo: Alison Paterson
SWAN'S VICTORY: The Lismore Swans beat Ballina Bombers in a decisive victory for the 2017 inaugural AFL grand final. Now with a new coach appointed the Swans are looking to recruit more women for the 2021 season. Photo: Alison Paterson

Swans women’s squad to soar with new coach and players

The Lismore Swans women's squad is looking to recruit new players for the 2021 season under the aegis of an experienced coach they have headhunted from western NSW.

Rebuilding the women's team is part of the club re-energising, which includes the senior men's team recently appointing coach Ashley Prichard and assistant Glenn Burns.

On Tuesday, January 12, Swans club president and former premiership captain Laura Cahill said they were delighted to announce they have signed former East Wagga Kooringal FNC coach, Ken McPherson.

Mr McPherson, 53, has a strong track record which includes playing 310 games including a decade as a fullback or halfback and another 10 years as a centre half-forward or on-baller.

"I was really proud to coach Urana Football Club who had not won a game for years and we then went from wooden spoon to the preliminary finals," he said.

"This is a very exciting move for me and I'll be up in the next few weeks."

FOOTY FEVER: The Lismore Swans are recruiting women for their 2021 team and want to hear from any females keen on having a kick. Photo: Adrian Etherson
FOOTY FEVER: The Lismore Swans are recruiting women for their 2021 team and want to hear from any females keen on having a kick. Photo: Adrian Etherson

Mr McPherson said his coaching philosophy revolves around fitness, skills development and game plans.

"I know we have very experienced players there as well as hoping to encourage women from other sports onto the team," he said.

"And it's about building confidence levels as well, particularly with players who may be coming across form other footy codes or sport."

Meanwhile, veteran Swans women Shania Pittman, Georgina Morris and Pearl Perkins said they hope women playing other sports would consider coming along and having a go at Aussie rules.

 

WOMEN WANTED: Lismore Swans AFC are looking for women from other sports to consider playing for their senior women's team. Players (L-R) Shania Pittman. Georgia Morris, Laura Cahill and Pearl Perkins said the team offers a lot of fun and supportive environment and players new to footy are very welcome. Photo: Alison Paterson
WOMEN WANTED: Lismore Swans AFC are looking for women from other sports to consider playing for their senior women's team. Players (L-R) Shania Pittman. Georgia Morris, Laura Cahill and Pearl Perkins said the team offers a lot of fun and supportive environment and players new to footy are very welcome. Photo: Alison Paterson

"It's heaps of fun in a very friendly and encouraging environment," Morris said.

"There's real camaraderie with our team and we'd love to hear from any girls who are interested.

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