2021 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: Caleb Hounihan
Skills Coach: Paul Grant
The coaching philosophy of our coaching panel highlights the development of football skills and football knowledge aligned with the fitness levels required to execute on match-day. We have a large and diverse coaching panel, which enables us to encourage each player to develop and to strive to be the best they can, no matter their skill level.
SIMON BROWNHILL – 2021 WOMEN’S SENIOR COACH
After three very successful seasons as our women’s reserves coach, Simon was appointed as our Senior Women’s Coach for season 2020. Simon coached the Reserves in the team’s first year in a development division (2017) and then guided them into a Premier B Preliminary Final (2018) and Premier A Preliminary Final (2019). Simon jumped into his new role and led our new coaching group through the challenges of 2020. Simon has put his stamp on our football operations and we look forward to his continued expertise, organisation and enthusiasm in season 2021.
ELIZA TIVENDALE – 2021 WOMEN’S RESERVES COACH
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.
CALEB HOUNIHAN – 2021 WOMEN’S THIRDS COACH
Caleb has a great football background as both coach and player. He played his junior football at Richmond Junior Football Club. He was U/19 Captain and Best & Fairest Winner at Templetowe Football Club and played senior football for South Yarra Football Netball Club. He has coached at Richmond Junior Football Club both U/15s (2017) and U/12s (2018).
Caleb also has a strong coaching background in women’s sport. He was the Head Coach of the Senior Women’s Hockey Team at Melbourne High School Old Boys Hockey Club (2015-2019) and coached the team to the minor premiership and promotion in 2018.
PATRICK MURPHY – 2021 SENIOR ASSISTANT COACH
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.”
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.
DAMIAN SUTHERLAND – 2021 RESERVES ASSISTANT COACH
Damian Sutherland steps back from the senior coaching role after three wonderful years, and we are delighted that he continues to play a role as our Women’s Reserves Assistant Coach in 2021. Damian coached our Women’s Seniors to the 2017 and 2018 Premierships and then into our first year in Premier A in 2019. He was the 2019 VAFA Women’s Coach of the Year.
IAIN WEINZIERL – 2021 TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Iain Weinzierl continues in his role as our Technical Director, which enables us to take full advantage of his deep football knowledge. Iain works with Simon Brownhill to define our football brand and the game style that will take us deep into Premier A. Iain’s role at training is to take line-specific small-group break-out drills and match simulations that develop the football understanding of our players, and he has an important match-day role working with our line coaches.
Paul Grant will continue in a specialist role around skills and rules and will continue as our club umpire in 2020.
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.