Skipper takes on coaching role

Western Eagles have appointed Ali Genua as their new A Grade coach for the 2018 season.

Western Eagles netballer Ali Genua says encouragement from departing coach Jenny Fish led to her decision to take the next step as a leader.

Genua, who captained the Eagles this year, will take on the club’s senior coaching position in 2018 after Fish stood down from the role.

Genua has enjoyed a decorated career at the Irrewillipe-based club, notching up her 200th game this season while finishing runner-up in the best-and-fairest award.

The experienced midcourter said she felt the timing was right to commit to leading the Eagles’ top-grade netballers after club legend Fish spoke to her about applying for the job.

“I took on a leadership role this season,” Genua said.

“With Jenny playing B Grade, as the captain I tried to sort of help out a bit with trainings and getting the team organised.

“Jenny approached me towards the end of the season and said that she thought I’d be really suitable and communicate well with the girls.

“I’ve never coached and that’s why I think I’m a little crazy taking on a player-coaching role, but hopefully I can do a good job.”

Colac-based Genua and husband Alex have three young children, Beau, 7, Kade, 5, Hemi, 2.

She said she wanted to put her hand up to take on a bigger role at the club after spending a large chunk of her life as an Eagle.

“This season I clocked up my 200th senior game and became a life member at the Eagles,” Genua said.

“I thought that I’d try and give something back to the club,” she said.

“I’ve got three young kids so I’ve pretty much only trained and played because I didn’t have much time to give, so I just thought by next year I might have more of an opportunity to do that.”

The Eagles notched up just three wins in 2017 and Genua said her desire was to attract new players to the club while keeping this year’s playing group inatct.

“I’m really hoping we can get some new people out there,” she said.

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