VAFA WOMEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR
Our women’s senior coach, Damian Sutherland, is the 2019 VAFA Women’s Coach of the Year. Damian has been at the helm of our women’s sides since its inauguration, and has coached back-to-back senior premierships in 2017-2018. As well, our women’s teams have recently been promoted to VAFA Premier A for season 2019.
OUR WOMEN’S COACHING PANEL
Women’s Senior Coach: Damian Sutherland
Women’s Senior Assistant Coach: Julia Hay
Women’s Reserves Coach: Simon Brownhill
Women’s Reserves Assistant Coach: Iain Whynzel
Women’s Thirds Coach: Andrew Buckland
Skills Coach: Paul Grant
Our team of six dedicated coaches means that we can focus on player development.
We have two very experienced coaches, Damian Sutherland and Simon Brownhill, who have been re-appointed to coach our Women’s Teams in 2019. Damian coached the Women’s Senior Team to back-to-back Women’s Premierships in 2017-2018 and Simon coached our Women’s Reserves to preliminary Final in 2018. They are backed up with the appointment of Julia Hay as Senior Women’s Assistant Coach and Andrew Buckland as our Women’s Thirds Coach. Iain Whynzel and Paul Grant will continue in their roles in assistant coaching and skills development, and Paul will be continuing as our club umpire.
The coaching philosophy of our coaching panel highlights both skills development and fitness. We encourage each player to develop and to strive to be the best they can, no matter their skill level.
DAMIAN SUTHERLAND: Women’s Senior Coach
Essex Heights & Jordanville (juniors)
Ashburton and Salesian (seniors)
Senior Games Played: 50 Firsts; 100 Reserves
St Mary’s Salesian Women’s Seniors:
2017 – 2018; Premiers 2017 & 2018
St Marys Salesian Reserves:
2013 – 2014; Premiers 2014
St Marys Salesian:
under 19s 2012
Ashburton JFC 2005-2013:
Under 13s to Under 17s; Premiers 2009 & 2012
Reserves Playing coach 1995 & 1996; Premiers 1995
Level 1 Coaching Accreditation
SIMON BROWNHILL: Women’s Reserves Coach
De La Salle OC: 1988 & 1989
Salesian OC: 1990 – 1997
St Mary’s Salesian Women’s Reserves:
2017 – 2018
Ashburton United Junior Football Club:
Head coach – Under 11, 12 & 17; Assistant coach – Under 14
Waverley Junior Football League Representative coach:
Under 12 & 13
Waverley Junior Football League Metropolitan Championship Coach:
JULIA HAY: Women’s Senior Assistant Coach
It is a great pleasure to welcome Julia Hay to the club as Assistant Coach to Damian Sutherland for our Senior Women’s Team. Jules comes to us after coaching at Ashy Redbacks JFC in 2018 where she was also nominated for Yarra Junior Football League Coach of the Year.
Although relatively new to football, she has had 24 years coaching in other sports (basketball, netball, hockey and triathlon) and 18 years PE teaching experience.
Jules played football for the 1st time in 2018 and was the inaugural vice-captain for the Waverly Warriors in the Women’s Masters Competition. She went on to win the 2018 Lawrie Evans Medal for the best player on the ground in the AFLW Masters Vic Metro v Vic Country. We are totally looking forward to seeing Jules in the SMS colours this year as a player in addition to her coaching role!
ANDREW BUCKLAND: Women’s Thirds Coach
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew Buckland as the new coach of our Women’s Thirds team for season 2019.
Andrew was the assistant coach at the Waverley Warriors Womens Masters in their inaugural season of 2018. Before that he was an assistant junior coach at the Ashy Redbacks JFC. He played football for the Waverley Warriors in the Men’s Masters Competition and before that at Mazenod Old Collegians.
In other sports, Andrew was a club founder and player with the Mordialloc Mustangs Inline Hockey Club and also played with the Melbourne Jets Ice Hockey Club.
“Really excited to join St Mary’s Salesian and help the club build their women’s footy program.” Andrew said after his first pre-season training session at Wattle Park. “I am really passionate about supporting women in footy at all levels and can see that St Mary’s Salesian shares this passion.”