WERRIMULL Football Netball Club have welcomed former player Georgina Maher to the coaching team for the upcoming Sunraysia Women’s Football League season.

She joins the group as assistant coach along with coach Matt Carter and existing assistant coach Karli Mann.

Maher, arguably one of the best players in the league in recent years, said she is hanging up the boots due to injury.

She said the opportunity to assist a group of people who have given her so much support, and great sense of strength and unity is a great honour.

“To be able to give back and to continue that support through development and encouragement is so important to me,” Maher said.

“I hope to bring everything that comes along with being an approachable person who has a genuine, deep and long-lived care for the development of the team.

“I’m hoping to bring cohesion, drive and support tailored to everyone.”

Mann said Maher will bring a lot of experience, poise and understanding to the group.

“Her understanding of how all the roles on field interrelate will be invaluable,” Mann said.

In her first year of assistant coach at the Magpies last season, Mann said she spent time learning about the players as individuals and their game style which will help her educate and interact with them in a way they positively respond to next season.

With the SWFL season coming to an abrupt end at the start of the finals last season due to COVID, and the Werrimull girls peaking at the pointy end of the season, Mann said the girls will be more motivated than ever to bring home the flag next season.

“With the interruptions from last year and a few close losses, the girls will be back stronger, fitter and more determined than ever,” she said.

In other coaching news from the Magpie nest, Anna Marshall has been appointed coach of the club’s A Grade netball team. Marshall has a entrenched family connection with the club and has been a long time player at Werrimull.