Yarra OGFC have announced their first ever women’s coach with the appointment of former ruckman Joel Sceney.
Despite the club undergoing a rigorous process, bookies across Australia had widely seen Joel as the man in the hot seat after the club announced its shortlist just prior to Christmas.
Joel played 15 games with the bushrangers before a debilitating back injury ended his long football career at the start of the 2016 season.
With 37 other VAFA clubs and another 8 AFL clubs all in the marketplace for someone to lead their respective women’s programs, securing Joel’s signature is a fantastic moment for the Bushrangers and further proof of the strong momentum that’s been building at Doncaster Reserve over the summer period.
“It’s a great feeling and I’m excited for the Yarra women’s team to have a great year. I can’t wait for the season ahead and the challenges it will bring.” Said Sceney on SEN radio yesterday morning.
“I started playing footy when I was 5 and have probably only missed about 5 years since. Coaching has always been a goal of mine, as I see myself as a good communicator and a patient person which I feel are required for coaching in any team sport.”
Joel will be ably assisted by Tyson Freeman who has an extensive background in local football through the EFL as both a club footballer and umpire.
Among Joel and Tyson’s first challenges will be to fill the last few spots on the women’s list which has been training since November under the guidance of interim coach Ian Trend who hasn’t wasted the chance to promote the club to potential recruits and supporters.
Having only been at the club a short while, Joel added, “Yarra is a great club because players of any calibre and even non playing members of the community are welcomed with open arms immediately.”
Women’s training resumes on Monday 6th February with the season beginning in April. Anyone interested in playing for Yarra in 2017 should contact club secretary Luke Gillies.