Fun the goal for women’s coach

Collie Eagles women's coach Alan Fontana said having fun will be the aim for the team's inaugural season. Photo by Ashley Bolt.
Collie Eagles women's coach Alan Fontana said having fun will be the aim for the team's inaugural season. Photo by Ashley Bolt.

Having fun is the goal for the Collie Eagles women’s team’s inaugural season, according to coach Alan Fontana.

Fontana said he wasn’t placing any expectations on the team’s performance on the field, but that he wanted to make sure the players enjoyed the experience.

“This year will be about having fun and enjoyment,” he said.

“We want to make sure the girls are having fun and enjoying what they are doing.

“I don’t want them coming to training and it being a chore. I want them to want to come here and train and want to play on weekends.

“It’s all a learning curve and it’s all new for the club. It’s the first time ever that we’ve had a women’s side in the South West competition so it’s a matter of nurturing the girls so they enjoy playing football.”

Fontana said part of making the game fun was not placing too many expectations on the team ahead of the season.

“[Our goals] will be just game to game,” he said.

“We’re not going to get ahead of ourselves, it’ll be the first game, the second game and so on.”

Fontana said there had been positive signs from the team on the track, since he took over the reins just over a month ago.

“On the books, we have between 20 and 30 players,” he said.

“It’s all new with the inaugural year, so everyone’s excited and wants to be on board.

“The girls are pretty keen. They want to play.”

The team had its first taste of competitive football when it played in the SWFL preseason carnival two weeks ago, finishing the competition with two losses but some handy experience.

The Eagles will finally get the chance to run out for their first game against fellow newcomers Eaton Boomers in front of a home crowd on Sunday, April 22, after sitting out the first round with a bye.