2020 WOMEN’S COACHING PANEL
Women’s Senior Coach: Simon Brownhill
Women’s Seniors Assistant Coach: Patrick Murphy
Technical Director: Iain Weinzierl
Women’s Reserves Coach: Eliza Tivendale
Women’s Reserves Assistant Coach: Damian Sutherland
Women’s Thirds Coach: tba
Skills Coach: Paul Grant
We are excited to be putting in place our coaching structure for season 2020, with the aim to take our seniors and reserves deep into Premier A, and to continue to resource and develop our thirds team.
After three very successful seasons as our women’s reserves coach, we are delighted announce that Simon Brownhill has been appointed as our Senior Women’s Coach for season 2020. Simon has led the Reserves from the team’s first year in a development division (2017) into a Premier B Preliminary Final (2018) and Premier A Preliminary Final (2019). Damian Sutherland is stepping back from the role as our senior coach after three wonderful years, and we are excited to welcome Simon into the senior role.
We are delighted to announce that Patrick Murphy has accepted the role as our Senior Women’s Assistant Coach for Season 2020. Pat will be working with Senior Coach Simon Brownhill, and will be taking a lead role at training and as a line coach on match-days. Pat played 108 games for St Mary’s and St Mary’s Salesian between 2006-2012. During that time he also coached the East Burwood Devils Women’s Reserves team to the club’s first Premiership in 2008.
Pat’s coaching style is very much aligned to our group: “My belief is that the game is to be enjoyed, and that as a coach it’s important to work on getting the best out of the individuals players, and more importantly the team. It’s important that every member of the squad feels like they are valued member of the club, regardless of what motivates them to play. Most of my working day is spent focussing on building and maintaining relationships and I don’t see my coaching to be any different.
We are also delighted to announce that Eliza Tivendale has been appointed as our Women’s Reserves Coach for season 2020. Eliza was the Reserves Captain in 2018, however, as injury hampered the back-end of her season she immediately jumped into an Assistant Coach position for the remainder of the year. In 2019, she became a protege coach under the tutelage of Simon Brownhill, where her team made a Preliminary Final (after jumping up a grade). She honed her strategic coaching capabilities in 2019, where she was a line coach and was responsible for all player rotations.
We are totally committed to providing pathways for our women’s players into coaching, and Tiv has all of the attributes to be a very successful coach. Tiv will be well supported in the coaching box, with Damian Sutherland stepping back from senior coaching, we are delighted that he will continue to play a role as our Women’s Reserves Assistant Coach in 2020.
Iain Weinzierl will take on the newly created role of Technical Director, which will enable us to take full advantage of his deep football knowledge. Iain will work with Simon to define our football brand and the game style that we believe will take us deep into Premier A. Iain’s role at training will be to take line-specific small-group break-out drills and match simulations that develop the football understanding of our players, and he will have an important match-day role working with our line coaches.
We will hold off appointing our Women’s Thirds Coach until closer to pre-season while we wait for direction from the VAFA on women’s thirds in 2020. The VAFA is well aware of our views, and those of other clubs, and we are certainly planning on the basis that there will be a VAFA women’s thirds competition in 2020. Andrew Buckland is stepping back from the thirds coaching role after a wonderful 2019 season, so we will be looking for a new thirds coach in 2020.
Paul Grant will continue in a specialist role around skills and rules and will continue as our club umpire in 2020.
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.
Women’s Senior Coach
De La Salle OC: 1988 & 1989
Salesian OC: 1990 – 1997
St Mary’s Salesian Women’s Reserves:
2017 – 2019
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:
Women’s Reserves Coach
St Mary’s Salesian: 2017-18
Reserves Captain: 2018
St Marys’s Salesian Women’s Reserves Assistant Coach: 2019
Wesley College Senior Girls Water Polo
2015 & 2016 Premiership
2017 & 2018: Runners Up
DAMIAN SUTHERLAND: Women’s Reserves Assistant Coach
Essex Heights & Jordanville (juniors)
Ashburton and Salesian (seniors)
Senior Games Played: 50 Firsts; 100 Reserves
St Mary’s Salesian Women’s Seniors:
2017 – 2019; 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
2019 VAFA WOMEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR
Our women’s senior coach, Damian Sutherland, was 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.