BRENDON Post is confident a few years of being within the inner sanctum of the Wagga Tigers dressing room will be an advantage when he coaches the club's inaugural women's side next year.
The Tigers have joined a number of clubs who will field a side in the AFL Southern NSW Women's competition. Post has filled a team manager role at the club for the last five years, including the past three with the first grade side.
He said getting a chance to observe the likes of Steve Priest, first grade premiership winner Troy Maiden and current coach Murray Stephenson up close had given some insight into how best to approach his first official coaching role in football.
"I've done some previous coaching in squash and things like that, being the inaugural year I thought I'd throw my hat in the ring and give it a go," he said.
"I've watched Troy Maiden for a couple of seasons, Steve Priest with the younger guys and obviously Muzz (Stephenson) now. You pick up up a few tips here and there, and try and mould things with a simple approach for the girls.
"A lot of them may not have played footy before, we're about a third of the way getting through a squad now and some are quite new to the game."
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A women's program is one of the compulsory requirements for clubs to be considered for a premier league competition set to be introduced in 2023.
Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes, Coolamon and Turvey Park have already publicly confirmed they will also join the league next year.
It means player talent will be at a premium.
"It (early response) has been a bit better than I thought. We've got eight to ten girls who are committed and a mix of ages," Post said.
"A couple of our young netball crew wanted to jump in around the 16 to 18 age group, and there's others up to about 30.
"We're happy with the initial response and we're doing a recruiting job now with some advertising. All the clubs will be doing the same thing, it's a big step forward in the women's game out here.
"As much as there's some strong interest there's a limited drawpool. And ideally you don't want to take all of your netballers, you want to take the chance to attract some more members into the club."
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