Taking charge

BRENTON Craig will make history in 2018 after he was named as South Gawler Football Club’s inaugural women’s coach.
Craig has played more than 300 senior games for the Lions, and coached the club’s B-grade side in 2013 and ’14.
He said it is an exciting time down at the Den.
“It’s an exciting time for women’s football in general, not just throughout the AFL, but the local competition and for South Gawler,” Craig said.
“I have two daughters, so it makes it even more exciting in the family home, and, hopefully, they follow in my footsteps.
“To teach other ladies and girls about the game, that’s part of the reason why I took the role.
“The main reason is the kids; I want them to be able to see that it’s not intimidating for them to play a male-dominant sport – not just my kids, but young ladies in general.”
Craig is also inviting all women in the region to come and give footy a try with the Lions.
South Gawler president Luke Officer said he is delighted with the appointment.
“He’s going to continue to play,” he said.
“But either in a Barossa, Light & Gawler competition or the Adelaide League, he’ll be the coach of the first team.”
Despite Craig being appointed as a senior coach, Mr Officer refused to rule out establishing a junior side.
“If we get an influx of juniors, we’d be silly not to…but seniors is a priority at the moment,” he said.
“We’ve kept no secret about wanting a senior women’s team.
“We want any female to come and play.”
South Gawler will be holding a ‘meet the coach’ come and try day on December 13 at Eldred Riggs Reserve, and will host another in the New Year on February 11.
Those interested in playing for the Lions can contact the club on its website, via email, on Facebook, or through club secretary Sarah Pagington (0433 001 479).

Jack Hudson

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Growing up in Gawler, Jack has taken on a variety of journalistic roles while still studying for his Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing degree. He began his career at The Bunyip as a weekend football writer, before taking on roles with The Footy Budget and The Cricket Chronicle and then earning his first part-time gig at the Barossa Herald. Now returning to The Bunyip, Jack also has a keen interest in footy and soccer, as well as a passion for gaming and reading.

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