The Northern Knights can officially confirm two key appointments for the 2018 Northern Knights TAC Cup Girls Season.
Zoe Slatter, Sports Academy Coordinator at Diamond Valley College has been appointed to the newly created position of Female Talent Coordinator, whilst Marcus Abney-Hastings who was the Defensive Line Coach for the TAC Cup Squad last year, has been appointed as the club’s TAC Cup Girls Coach.
Northern Knights Talent Manager Rhy Gieschen, believes the new role will bring more stability to the TAC Cup Girls Program in it’s second year of existence.
“The appointment of Zoe to coordinate the program will provide some real expertise and ensure the girls program is well run, organised and managed. Her drive, energy and enthusiasm to grow the program to be a leading development program in Australia for Young Talented Females has already been on show in her short time with the Knights and we all look forward to working with her.” Gieschen said.
Abney-Hastings comes across to the girls program after a year as an Assistant Coach with the TAC Cup Boys program after spending 3 years prior in the VFL system with Coburg FC.
“We rate Marcus highly within the club and he is keen to coach and manage a program of his own. He’s not only a quality coach but a fantastic person also. His ability to create relationships, communicate effectively and break down the game will be a huge asset for the program and I have no doubt he’ll give the girls every opportunity to develop in all areas of their game and overall football knowledge.”
Gieschen also acknowledged the continued support of AFL Victoria, as the competition heads into its second season of the TAC Cup Girls, with an expansion from five games to 11.
“AFL Victoria have been a firm supporter in ensuring that the TAC Cup Girls program continues to expand and strive to offer talented female footballers within the region the same opportunities as their male counterparts. The expansion of the TAC Cup Girls program will see more opportunities for girls to improve their development through additional training sessions and games. The excitement in the region is really evident and we can’t wait to see the talent continue to develop and expand.”
The Northern Knights ran a talent search for girls in the Northern Metropolitan Region last week, testing over 120 girls across the week.