AFLW club calls on ex-Magpie

The Gold Coast Suns have appointed Camperdown football export David Lake as head coach of the club’s inaugural AFL Women’s team. PHOTO: Gold Coast Suns.

Camperdown football export David Lake will be a part of AFL Women’s history after scoring the role of Gold Coast’s inaugural coach.

The Suns have appointed Lake, who has been midfield coach for Brisbane’s AFL Women’s side for the past three seasons, to take on their head coaching role when they join the league next year.

Lake has been an influential coaching figure in Queensland football during the past 15 years, but it was back with Hampden league club Camperdown where his football journey began.

“I grew up in Camperdown and started playing footy in the under-14s when I was about 6 years old,” he told the Colac Herald.

“The bigger kids would knock me over, and I’d cry, but I’d get up and keep going because that’s the way life was, before people cared,” he said.

Lake, whose mother Margaret Hodson still lives at Derrinallum, started his senior football career with the Magpies in 1981 under Neil Stewart, idolising players like club legend Pat Sinnott.

He received an invitation to join Fitzroy’s under-19 VFL side the following year with Colac’s Graeme Williamson and the pair played in a premiership together.

Colac’s Tim Pekin and Gerard Foley joined the Lions the following year, along with Terang’s Paul Couch, Beeac’s David Cameron and Colac’s Austin McCrabb who all went on to play VFL.

See today’s Colac Herald for more.

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